Failure Could Just Be Wrong Timing

I am not sure I believe in failure anymore.

Failure for a large part was me simply telling myself I wasn’t good enough, or that my idea wasn’t good enough.

What’s crazy is, I would experience what a lot of us would call Déjà vu months or years later when I would see my idea running wild in the world under someone else and being massively successful and adopted. Really? I did that and tried that a while back and it failed!

The new owner of the idea would sometimes change up a small angle or feature, and many times it wasn’t changed at all. However, now it’s successful and my past iteration of that same idea failed.

I’ll give you a few samples:

  • I was working a day gig and had several ideas for improving the flow of company work and improving our bottom line. Everything I suggested fell on death ears and would not get implemented by management even with sound research and proof. 12 months later the people I pitched the ideas to were no longer at the company and we had new management and also new co-workers. One of my co-workers pitched the same ideas to the new management and got praised and promoted while I sat back and just shook my head.
  • I built a one of a kind tracker for monitoring SERPs in a new and unique way. It took me a couple years trying to build it by myself and getting it right. Once I started to gain traction and move in the industry with this new idea, competitors copied it and tried to claim it as theirs.. as they were the “first” to do it. I thought of myself as failure since it took so long for this new idea to sprout in the minds of people who were confused when I first launched it, but seemed to adopt instantly when my competitors launched it.
  • Before the idea of “multi-taking” was proven wrong, I was doing and preaching the need to be laser-focused on just single tasks and single goals, to be a master of 1 thing. Others around me mocked me and explained how I was wrong. Under their impression, I told myself I was wrong and needed to adapt to their multi-tasking “jack of all trades” ways only to fail and fall further behind. Years later, several of these same friends now preach single-focus mindsets and one even makes a “guru” career out of it.

I am not writing this to sound arrogant. Truly, that is not my aim or goal.

However, if you have fallen into this same trap of telling yourself you failed on something.. maybe you need to revisit that idea and see how you can make it special for today’s needs and time. Sometimes you just might be 9 months ahead of the world or even 3 years ahead of the world.

Don’t let others tell you differently. Stick to your idea and when you think its a huge failure, make sure to prove it’s a real failure first before you give up on it.

I could slap myself for all the times that I gave up on what I thought was a failure ( because failure is permanent ), when in fact I gave up on a winning idea or method too early.

Déjà vu

Hi! I'm Jason Brown and I’m a 36 year old digital marketing intrapreneur living in beautiful Louisville, Kentucky. I've been involved with the Internet since 1996 and have personally made millions online with my creative marketing tactics and persistence. I blog about marketing, money, and motivation. Thanks for stopping by!

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