Learn to love to fail often.
All the greats in history failed numerous times.
Michael Jordan got didn’t make his high school basketball team.
Steven Spielberg was rejected from film school, three times.
J.K. Rowling was a broke, divorced, depressed single mother before she hit big.
We’ve heard these stories, and we’ve heard it over and over to overcome the fear of failure.
Yet we still avoid it. And we chalk these stories up to “exceptional people who are the outliers.”
But these are just human beings who worked hard and persevered.
That’s always a choice, no matter how much innate talent you have.
“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”J.K Rowling
When you fail often, you win
Let’s say you do the following on your job hunt:
- Find a company you love
- Invest 3 hours learning all about them
- Use 2 hours creating a project and a pitch
- Spend 1 hour sending the pitch and following up
- Finally hear back with a firm “no.”
Was that a waste of time?
(First of all, you could not take no for an answer, if it feels right).
Second, you just got better at the process of pitching.
You’ve gotten a repetition in, and dug your groove.
As Ira Glass explains in this short video, in the beginning of any creative process, you’re likely going to mess up, as you find your stride. But keep going!
Each rep helps
With each rep, you build a muscle of how to apply the Crash mentality.
Even if you hear “no” after following up 4 times, you’ve now learned to follow up 4 times.
Even if you hear “no” after deep diving a company, you’ve now learned how to deep dive a company.
And THAT builds confidence.
It puts you in the CHARGE of your job hunt.
So fail early, fail often.
Every no is one step closer to yes.