I told people many times that I’ve been a failure for 15 years. In 1992 I tried to start an international newsletter about dance music, and I failed. In 1994 I tried to launch a game development company, and I failed. I spent 3 years writing bookkeeping software, but I sold it to only a few customers. In 1997 I started a software company (with a friend), which was successful for a while. But eventually, together with the parent company, it collapsed. Just like the dozen or so relationships I had in that decade.
The first signs of change arrived in 1999, when I started an Internet startup that produced games charts. My idea was so impressive that I won a national award for it. Unfortunately, my team and I couldn’t find any customers. It collapsed as well. And I will spare you the many failures between 2000 and 2008, which included a book, a cartoon, a blog, another book, and several original but doomed software projects. Everything always failed.
Did some gods take pity on me? Have I already exhausted my lifetime supply of failure? Is fate playing some cruel tricks on me?
I have no idea.
The only thing I can say is, I now spend much more time learning how to be better. And it seems to be paying off…
But whatever the reasons, after so many failed attempts at making ideas work, I picked up a thing or two about being a somewhat successful but certainly very persistent change agent. I added my suggestions to this new presentation. I hope it helps you to have fewer failures than I had.
p.s. I’ve been told that I’m arrogant. And I leave it to others to decide if that’s true. But from my own perspective I just feel more confident about what I can do, and how to do it. Given my extensive track record of learning experiences, I think that’s not a bad thing. 🙂