The Paradox of Failure

What is the key to success?

Failure.

Yes, failure.

The one thing that all successful people have in common is that they have failed… a lot! Like a whole lot.

Michael Jordan puts it this way:

I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.

Success only comes from one thing: trying. You will never succeed more times than you try. You will usually not succeed as many times as you try. Those times that you don’t succeed could be called failures.

It’s simple math. To succeed more, you must try more, and the byproduct of that is failing more.

This is one of the places where traditional education lets us down the most. In traditional education, you are taught a thing, given a test on it, and that is your grade: pass or fail. That’s it. Move on to the next thing.

Fail the test? Guess you’re a loser. On to the next thing. Try not to suck so much next time.

When you look at a college transcript, nothing on it tells you how hard the courses were that you took or how you stretched out of your comfort zone. All that it has is that GPA.

I graduated cum laude by taking easy courses. My transcript looks great. I was totally unprepared for real life because I had learned to avoid failure.

Since then, I have learned that failure does not matter. Failure is the background. It is like white on a canvas. Success is all that matters. Success is the paint on the canvas.

Try and try and try. Only the successes make the score board.

The clock keeps running whether you try or you hide. If you try and fail, you learn. If you don’t try, you just lose.


Michael Whitehouse is a networking coach and motivational speaker. If you’d like to have a call with Michael to talk about ways that you can embrace more success in your life, click here to schedule a complementary session.

Jonathan DeYoe, Mindful Money – Podcast Episode 81

Jonathan DeYoe has led an independent financial planning firm since 2002. He and the Mindful Money team work one on one with three hundred families and foundations. The Mindful Money team offers simple steps to financial success and tools to mindfully overcome emotional and cognitive biases related to money.

Connect with Jonathan:
Business Website/Blog: http://mindful.money
Twitter: MindfulMoney_Ed
Facebook: @MindfulMoneyPlan
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Gene DiNapoli, New York’s Mr. Entertainment – Podcast Episode 80

Gene DiNapoli is New York’s Mr. Entertainment. He brings a powerful presence to the stage that draws people in and gives them a memorable experience. He is a performer, actor, podcaster, producer and more and all around awesome guy.

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Tyler “Sully” Sullivan, BombTech Golf – Podcast Episode 79


Tyler Sullivan is the founder of BombTech Golf, an eCommerce store with over $20 million sold online since 2012. Tyler also runs EcomGrowers where he and his team have helped countless Shopify owners add 6-7 figures in additional sales to their eCommerce stores by optimizing email systems and ad campaigns to find hidden revenue streams. Over the years Tyler has come to learn the formula for running successful and profitable eCommerce businesses. He believes that even with online companies there is huge value in having real conversations with customers and potential buyers. Tyler is hyper-focused on the customer experience and operating a lean business that doesn’t just drive revenue but drives serious profit and cash flow.

Join us for a great conversation about the power of human focused marketing, the importance of having passion, and the revolutionary idea that customer service is an asset not a line item.

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Jill Lublin, Get Noticed Get Referrals – Podcast Episode 78

Jill Lublin is an international speaker on the topics of Radical Influence, Publicity, Networking, Kindness and Referrals. She is the author of 4 Best Selling books including Get Noticed…Get Referrals (McGraw Hill) and co-author of Guerrilla Publicity and Networking Magic. Her latest book, Profit of Kindness went #1 in four categories. Jill is a master strategist on how to position your business for more profitability and more visibility in the marketplace.  She is CEO of a strategic consulting firm and has over 25 years experience working with over 100,000 people plus national and international media.  Jill teaches a virtual Publicity Crash Course, and consults and speaks all over the world.  She also helps authors to create book deals with major publishers and agents, as well as obtain foreign rights deals.

Click here to sign up for Jill Lublin’s complimentary masterclass teaching about publicity and more.

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Andrea Pass, Public Relations – Podcast Episode 77

For over 30 years, Andrea Pass has created and implement public relations campaigns in a wide range of categories including consumer products, lifestyle, business-to-business, education, health/wellness/fitness, beauty, food, authors, non-profits and more. Andrea Pass Public Relations (www.AndreaPassPR.com) has an expertise in national, regional and local media relations outreach. Her strength in relationships coupled with her knowledge of the ever-growing media base results in securing top tier, targeted media placements to increase brand awareness, reputation management and sales for established businesses and growing entrepreneurs alike.

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Ely Delaney, Meet Cool People – Podcast Episode 76

Ely Delaney started as a roadie. One day when looking to buy a cable in Phoenix, he ended up getting hired by a local computer shop. He was eager to learn and help the business grow. He launched his own graphic design agency knowing nothing about business. His mom recommended the Chamber of Commerce.

He checked it out, and was a committed networker from then on.

Check out his book Networking Tidbits.

Find Ely at connectwithely.com

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Steve Brossman, Sell the Aspiration, Not the Perspiration – Podcast Episode 75

In this interview, you’ll learn about why Steve says “sell the aspiration, not the perspiration” and “An expert knows something. An authority is known for something.”

Steve is a former National Professional Track Champion and a 9 times Amazon Best Selling Author.


He has 20 years TV and Video experience including hosting his own TV Show on Ch 9 and has been an Executive Producer for Warner Bros.

In 2012 Steve was named Internationally No. 1 Video Marketing Influencer of the year.
He has created several 6 and 7 figure multi-national businesses of his own, including inventing and marketing an environmental product selling 4 million units into 26 Countries.

Steve has spoken in 15 countries and trained over 65,000 Entrepreneurs, Professionals and Business Owners to Stand out in their market.

Last year he was selected and published with 40 of the world’s most innovative
marketers and has spent a week on Necker Island with Sir Richard Branson.
Steve’s latest Backpocket Guide is Self-Selling Secrets, and it is helping Businesses and Professionals attract high quality clients and have them ask to buy.

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When Will Covid End?

Recently, I wrote about what is coming with Covid and what businesses need to do to adapt.

We know how to end Covid. Masks, contact tracing, targeted lockdowns, and curtailing large gatherings prevent spread. Vaccines shut down whole variants.

Like seatbelts and vitamins, all these tools only work if we use them. People will only use them when everyone perceives Covid to be serious enough to act on.

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Covid Part II — What you need to know to prepare your business

(Note added August 10th, 2021): In this article, I suggest that Lambda is vaccine resistant, and will cause a major spike. Since writing this article, further research has shown that Lambda does not seem to be vaccine resistant. However, this does not mean that the events I describe will not happen. It only means that they will not happen right now with that one particular variant. The general point remains valid.

A month ago, I looked at the data available to me and predicted that within a month or two, we would see masking come back and possible lockdowns. Now that these have come to pass, I want to be more intentional in sharing what I am seeing.

Covid is not only not over but what is coming in the next 18 months will be worse than the previous 18 months. The difference is that the warning signs are here and businesses have time to prepare, if they know what to prepare for.

I’m not going to talk about the politics or the underlying causes. The purpose of this article is to share with business owners and anyone else who needs to prepare a general idea of what we might expect in the next 18 months, and what you can do to prepare your business.

What’s Happening?

Delta is giving us a preview of what variants will do. It’s high infectivity and partial vaccine resistance are causing numbers to rise again, mask mandates to return, and uncertainty in people’s plans and activities.

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