Let Other People's Failures Shape Your Success

When it comes to starting in business, we’re all about taking inspiration from other people’s success. Most of us pin our favorite quotes on the wall to convince ourselves that anything is possible. And, that makes sense. In many ways, approaching business with a glass-half-full attitude is the only way to get off the ground. You’re going up against the odds. Using success as inspiration is a fantastic way to keep your eye on the target.

But, what if we were to tell you that looking at the failures of those who inspire you could be equally motivating? A definite end goal is a good thing to have. But, it can also place distance between you and your role models. The fact is that, at this stage, you have a long way to go before you reach those heights. As such, focusing on success could leave you feeling inferior and unfulfilled.

That’s not good for obvious reasons, and it isn’t always realistic, either. Just because you’re focusing on people’s successes doesn’t mean they didn’t struggle the way you are now. Consider that Oprah Winfrey was fired from a news station before she got her big break with her show. Arianna Huffington had to face three dozen publishing rejections. And, of course, there’s the famous tale of J.K. Rowling’s tough journey.

The fact is that the path to success rarely runs smooth. Concentrating on the struggles as well as the end, then, could be the thing which sees you through. Even better, you’ll find that many entrepreneurs are more than willing to share their stories of failure. J.K. Rowling famously posted her Robert Galbraith rejection letters on Twitter. Entrepreneurs like Joe Kashurba have even developed programs off the back of their struggles. His four step process to success offers real inspiration for those tough times. As if all that weren’t reason enough to convince you that other people’s failure could shape your success, consider the following benefits.

Helping you to stay strong

When we’re in the depths of those business debts and struggles, it’s easy to feel alone. At some stages, you may feel as though no one has ever struggled the way you are now. You may see your dreams crashing, and feel like the worst entrepreneur in the world. But, then you learn that Walt Disney was once fired for having ‘no imagination’, and things don’t seem half as bleak.

Teaching you what not to do

It makes sense to focus on what you need to do when you start in business. Hence why you’ve spent so long thus far learning how those who inspire you got where they are. But, this works both ways. Focusing solely on the positive steps you can take won’t teach you how to avoid mistakes. For that, you need to also consider where those people went wrong. In many ways, they made the mistakes so you don’t have to. It would be madness to let a learning opportunity like that pass you by.