Episode 015: Failing Forward (Finding Lessons and Inspiration In Mistakes)

Thursday, February 25, 2016 | by Ed Williams and Brent Lyles

58 minutes


Failure is our teacher, not our undertaker. And we have to learn how to re-purpose the negative connotations and flip them to positive associations. Failures and mistakes can be used as learning tools.


Key Takeaways

  • You are not the sum of your failures and mistakes. Pick yourself up and learn from them.
  • Embrace the concept of failing early—the earlier you fail, the faster you learn and grow.
  • Failure and mistakes are learning tools. Don’t associate them with negative connotations.
  • Failing gives you an opportunity to find a different way to do something. Don’t quit after the first try. Something didn’t work. Figure out what that is and do it.
  • Establish a culture of failing early. This allows your volunteers or employees to embrace failure. You’re running a business, not a regime.
  • Change your mindset about failure. It’s psychological. The fear of it may not ever exist in your reality.

Your hosts

Ed Williams

Brent Lyles