Why Failing Early Can Help You Become Successful Quickly

The famed Colonel Sanders was 65 years old when he received his first social security cheque of $99. Word has it that the Colonel had to go through 1,009 “no”s before he heard his first “yes”.

Assuming this statistic works in most cases, what would you do?

If I have to be rejected 1,000 times in order to get my first “yes”, then I would speed up the process. In other words, I would find in the easiest, cheapest, and fastest way to get rejected so as to achieve my goals.

How do you know if you are on the right path

Anyone who proclaim to be able to tell you whether you are on the right path towards your life goals is lying. Because the truth is, nobody knows.

Sometimes, in order to figure out if you are on the right path involves writing. Sometimes, to figure out what to do next involves going doing something consistently over a period of time.

In fact, any path you take, especially if you choose to design the live you want, is going to be non-linear. Very often during the process itself, you are not sure if you are the right path.

Some days, you know instinctively that you are on the right path. Other days, you wonder if you are wasting your time doing the work you do.

What are the easiest, cheapest, and fastest ways

We live in an unbelievably interesting time where the divide between the elites and the rest of us are becoming blurred with each passing day.

In the past, we experienced an information asymmetry. The trainer has more information than the learner. The salesperson has more information about the product than the prospective buyer.

Today, this is no longer true in most cases. We are, if not already, fast approaching the case of information parity. Where the trainer and the learner have access to the same amount of information. Where the salesperson and prospective buyer have the same amount of information about the product. In some cases, the prospective buyer has more information about the product than the salesperson.

And the Internet has made this possible.

For example, if you want to know if people are looking to improve themselves, instead of guessing or making wild assumptions, you can test and validate it.

And the easiest, cheapest, and fastest way to do that? Using three tools:

  1. Search engines
  2. Social media
  3. Discussion forums or groups

Test and validate

No one likes to fail.

And if we adopt just a different interpretation of this event, not as a failure but as a way to test and validate what we do, then we really need to test and validate early and in the easiest, cheapest, and fastest ways possible.

Besides, you know what really sucked? It is to know what your quest is, only to find out there isn’t much time left.

You don’t want to be in that position.