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Seth Godin Explains Failing Until You Succeed

Seth GodinI thought this was a fitting video further to the last post on why most people never find their purpose. Here, Seth Godin explains failing until you succeed. We live in a culture that doesn’t encourage entrepreneurship. It doesn’t encourage trying and failing. “Failing” is frowned upon which prevents most people from even trying. In the Industrial Age, trying and failing would be costly. We are no longer living in the Industrial Age though. We’re in the Information Age where trying and failing doesn’t have to cost us anything. The only thing that stops us trying is ourselves – because we’ve been brainwashed into the idea that failure means the end of the world. Starting a business has never been easier – access to information, access to technology, access to tried and tested systems, coaches, mentors and access to capital – if you need it. I’d highly recommend setting aside 20 minutes to watch this video, it’s well worth a watch.

Being made redundant was one of the best things that ever happened to me. Besides the fact that I didn’t that job, it got me thinking for myself, on my own two feet. I started studying success. Success leaves clues and you can learn from others who have been there and done that so you don’t have to make the same mistakes. Early in 2010 I came across the idea that the way to get wealthy is to figure out a way of adding value to the lives of others. We’re not taught that in school – we’re taught how to get jobs. When you figure out a way of adding value, then money comes to you. As some of the motivational videos out there (as corny as some of them are) say, we each have the capacity to add value to others – it’s just a matter of figuring it out. When you master something, preferably a passion, there’s always someone who will be willing to pay for the value that you have to offer.


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