15 Difficult Lessons You’ll Learn Before You Become Successful

For every successful person in business, there are a whole host of others lurking in the shadows who just never hit on the right formula for success. However, a good business person will learn quickly that it isn’t just about having one good idea. You must push yourself through failure after failure in order to succeed. Life will never just hand you something for free — you have to work for it.

Many people that we idolize as industry leaders, such as Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg, had countless failures before achieving their goals. Here are a few insights to keep in mind while traversing the path to success.

You’ll have many ideas, but the final product you’re selling is yourself

Although any good business person knows that having a good product is important, the most critical part of the equation is you! If you have a quick mind and good business savvy, you can come up with a new idea if your first one fails. Nothing will save you if you can’t bounce back from failure, learn from it, and move on. There’s a reason why the judges on a show like Dragon’s Den evaluate the person behind the product as well as the product itself because they’ll only put their money behind someone whose judgement they trust.

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Failure redefines your priorities

The next time you take a leap and fail, take a few moments to do some critical self-examination, and see if your priorities have changed. Maybe running a business or taking on that new endeavor took you away from your family and friends a bit too much for your comfort, or maybe you realize that you’ve never been happier. Instead of worrying about why your venture failed, take those feelings you’ve uncovered and find another project that makes you feel the same way.

Jonas Bengtsson
Jonas Bengtsson

Compassion is hard until you’ve been there yourself

Negative stuff happens to all of us in life. However, it seems like some people live charmed lives and see failure and negativity much less often than the average person. These people may be kind, polite, and loving, but they often find it harder to be compassionate — a quality that is forged through hardship. Really being able to put yourself in someone else’s shoes when they’re going through a rough patch is a truly valuable skill.

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