Dare to Fail Greatly May 22, 2009Posted by Brian Link in entrepreneurialism.
“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly” — Robert Kennedy
It’s such a simple little life lesson wrapped up in that quote. But, especially during trying times like these, many people tend to curl up in a ball and hope for the storm to blow over. Instead, if you’re even the slightest entrepreneurial in spirit, you should use this time to experiment and innovate. If you have an idea to build your own company, consider it. If you have the next greatest Internet startup idea cooking, dammit, go talk to people about it and figure out how you can make progress on it. You don’t need to quit your job, just find a way to dabble. Find people to collaborate with. If you have the skills, just start coding!
Now somedays I think I’m a little insane because I take this concept to the limit of what I can endure. But I love it. I have a fantastic job with a funded Internet startup. But I always find a way to keep the wheels turning. Don’t ask me what my side projects are unless you have some serious time to spare.
Some of the most brilliant and passionate people I know are finding ways to build their dream. Whether you’re a stay-at-home-Mom or a financial analyst or a high school or college kid working in a fast food restaurant. Dream big. Follow your heart and find a way to do something you’re passionate about. You may not end up being one of the lucky ones to stumble into something great but I guarantee you that you’ll be happier for trying. And if you fall short and end up with a nice little side business that keeps you happy and helps pay the bills, well damn, good for you.