I have always been inspired by the world of start-ups. Whether it’s a life-saving innovation or a time-saving gadget, bringing new products to reality requires dedicated professionals that are willing to live at the risk-reward razor’s edge.
Most people in our start-up world have a few favorite thoughts that stay in mind as they forge through the many risks toward their goal. Here are a few of mine:
"Our willingness to fail gives us the ability and opportunity to succeed where others may fear to tread."
“I've missed more than 9000 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."
"The secret of life is to fall seven times and to get up eight times."
The intent of these perspectives is not to make one feel better about failing… rather, the intention is to provide a view past the risks and rough times, a view toward the rewarding possibilities with sufficient persistence or re-invention.
I am glad to have the opportunity to tread this razor’s edge… and to apply what I’ve learned from both successes and failures to the next adventure!