Thankful For My Failures

I haven’t been at a job longer than 3 years.

By many recruiting standards, I’d be a hiring concern.

However, I’m thankful for all my experiences.

In order to console me during transition periods,

I’ve had friends say, “At least you have your degree.”

Which is correct, but sounds like they see my experience as a failure.

I know they’re just supporting me – but these particular individuals are scared to fail.

My reply would be this:

“If I fail more than you, I win.” (directly stolen from Seth Godin)

I’ve worked in retail before. I’ve done consulting work in Hong Kong.

I’ve helped with family businesses – grocery stores, travel agency, etc.

I thought I was going to become an investment banker at one point.

I was a dishwasher at my own restaurant.

I’ve also sat in a boring cubicle,

explaining to an internal client the results of a regression analysis.

Now I’m the venture capital space.

I work with tech startups. I’m constantly learning and I’m addicted to it.

Now, I look back and think – I wouldn’t change a thing.

I’m learning finally how to start applying all my experiences.

It’s as if everything is finally coming together (I’m actually praying that’s really the case)

I’m ready to fail. If I wasn’t, I wouldn’t be able to learn from my mistakes.

If I’m not learning, then I’m not going to be able to grow into something more.

Let’s be real, failure brings humility. Which brings character.

I’ll take that any day of the week.

Cheers – Happy Thanksgiving!