Success is Just Failure That Didn’t Miss

How many times have you heard these excuses:

  • “He just got lucky”
  • “She just happened to be at the right place at the right time”
  • “It’s easy when you have their talent”

I have exactly two words for that: Bull Shit.

Success without repeated and continuing failure is simply a myth. If you want to succeed, start by failing faster. And keep doing it. Just so long as you don’t fail the same way twice, you can’t help but learn something in the process. In time, you won’t be able to avoid success. Sooner or later you’ll learn so much that you start failing to fail. Get bad enough at failing and folks will start calling you lucky.

This little rant was inspired by a clip for Nike by Michael Jordan. We should all be so “lucky”.

“A man can fail a million times, but is not a failure until he blames others.”


  1. A very related issue is the Wizard of Oz mentality. We expect mythical gurus to help solve our problems for us…. consider the self-help junkie who reads books all day in lieu of busting his chops to get what he wants.

  2. Good info in the rant. As artist in school. We were informed that on average, each person who draws has about 5,000 bad drawings within them and is best to get them out quickly so that we could move on to quality work.

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