Pull Success From The Rubble Of Your Failure

When we fail at something- whether that means we missed our expectations, closed the door on a business, or had to leave a position we thought would bring us forward, it’s easy to see that failure as a burned down home. For months, or years, we filled that home with treasures, but as the fire consumed it, everything was lost.

This sort of thinking has a dangerous side-effect though; accomplishments we should be proud of, skills we can continue to use, and opportunities that we opened through that failure tend to be discarded as well.

But was all your hard work really in vain?

Sifting Through the Ashes

Instead of declaring the failure as done and buried, we need to challenge ourselves to look critically at what we’ve been through.

What started the fire of our failure? Could we have put out the flames?

By taking a close look at our mistakes and our shortcomings, we get better at future-proofing ourselves. Perhaps the project failed because not everyone involved was passionate about it. Next time, you’ll pick your team more closely. Maybe you couldn’t meet your expectations because you had set your goals far too high. Next time, you can have a better understanding of how much you can actually accomplish.

Be careful to recognize that reflection is a double-edged sword. The goal of this exercise isn’t to beat yourself up over your mistakes, but to learn from them. As you identify places that you could have done better, remind yourself that you did your best with what you knew at the time, and remember that you are preparing yourself to do better in the future.

You don’t often see blind men playing dodgeball, and that’s because you have to know what’s coming to avoid it.

Build Your Home Bigger, Stronger

What skills did you pick up while working on your failed project? What did you discover you excel at? What did you decide you could do better at this time?

If you can make a thorough list of ways that you’ve improved, being entirely honest with yourself, and also a list of weaknesses you discovered that you’ve still yet to fix, your next project will be tremendously advantaged.

You don’t need to rebuild your old house exactly as it stood, because clearly that didn’t work out. Instead, you can re-evaluate your skills and create something even better by aligning it with what you’ve learned, and the skills you’ve gained.

Let’s look at a specific example.

Through a strange series of events, I ended up co-founding a granite importation company. This would eventually turn into my greatest failure- the company never sold a single product, and lost a good deal of money and time in the process.

But never has it crossed my mind to regret that year- through it I learned to fine-tune my researching skills, practiced international business relations, client management, high-value sales, and so on. Several of these skills I realized are not my forte, but a few I discovered I had a talent for.

When trying to decide what to put my efforts into next though, I knew I needed to learn how to identify market needs better, how to develop a thorough business plan, and how to reach out to and research potential customers.

What I lost in money in time, I gained a hundredfold in new skills. On top of that, one of my partners went on to internationally source textiles, and the other partner went on to inherit a supply chain company dealing with large government contracts- both opportunities that were opened up because of their experience with our failed company.

None of us treated that business as a failure- we learned a lot, and each of us still secretly hopes we’ll land a sale through it someday.

So what did you learn from your latest failure? What should you strive for next?

Get Over Failure, and Get Addicted To Success

Joel Brown, founder of Addicted2Success, is a master of empowering people to push past their obstacles and achieve the greatness they deserve. His platform educates and inspires thousands to find their best self, and there is no better way to rebuild your burnt down house than to become a better craftsmen.

Check out his interview in the Superhero Academy Podcast to learn how he got over his own failures, and got truly Addicted to Success.

Community can be the greatest tool to achieve success. Feedback and the push and pull from people around can help you form your vision. It’s important to be aware of your vision constantly in order develop your self to be able to reach it. The input you get from others is a mirror you can reflect on and see if you’re achieving what you initially set out to achieve.

Your version of success will always be different than others’. Which is why it’s important to consistently check in with yourself, your values, your passion and whether or not you’re acting according to them.


Rob Greenfield: How To Live Happier With Less


Rob Greenfield went from living an ordinary life, to being renowned for the extraordinary changes he’s made to that life. After becoming more aware of the affect his livelihood had on the Earth around him, he challenged himself to live without money, without bills, without possessions, and has found a radical degree of peace within that. Watch as he and Marc Angelo discuss steps, both big and small, that can be taken to live a more intentional life, and to really live in harmony with the world around you.

Key Points Made by Marc Angelo and Rob Greenfield

• Rob lives the ‘simple life’- but in reality, lives the life of an adventurer. He experiments and attempts a lot of different ways of living- biking across the country, living in a tiny house, and even building himself a good online web following. [2:00]

• His early life was a battle between wanting to be normal, and wanting to do great things. It wasn’t until after college, though, that he began watching documentaries which opened his eyes to the reality of how his livelihood connected to the world around him. [4:05]

• Documentaries abound, the information to become aware of the world is as easily available as Netflix or a quick Google search. That awareness by itself can be enough to propel you into action. [6:45]

• In order to challenge himself, Rob started at the peak. He flew 1300 miles away, with no money and no possessions, and made it his goal to hitch-hike home. [10:30]

• The big issue with becoming aware and trying to make more responsible decisions is that, as a cultural identity, things like big corporate chains and plastic disposable cups, and more are so commonplace, that they can be hard to avoid without making a fuss. What’s important is starting by making small choices about what your life is filled with, and letting that expand naturally. [11:30]

• Break down your day into its smallest specifics, and think about it. What toilet paper do you use, what toothpaste? How high do you keep the air conditioning? Make a list of all the things you could change for the better, and then pick the things you feel excited about, and change those. Once you’ve done that, begin to build on top of it. [17:30]

• Some things are harder to get over than others- cell phones and computers are absolutely powerful tools, but if they are keeping you away from your own consciousness, preventing you from being active and aware in the world. [22:00]

• Living consciously, in tandem with nature and your core values, can be both a practical and a spiritual act. [24:00]

• Rob moved into a tiny-house, and decided to live the lowest possible impact lifestyle. [26:00]

• Culture shifts with possibility. It’s easy to allow things to remain the same day after day, but when you begin dreaming of the possibilities, the steps it takes to manifest those become apparent. [32:30]

• Part of the way Rob makes his money-less thing work is through sharing. He trades his labor for much of what he needs, he has friends help him in a variety of ways like lending him items, but the benefit to that is that at the end of the day, he can donate well over ninety percent of the money he makes. [36:00]

• People own a great variety of possessions: ladders, drills, mixing bowls, etc that do not get used as often as they honestly should. So why do we have to have those as personal possessions? Why couldn’t they be owned and shared by a community? [38:00]

• Food waste doesn’t come from reasonable causes. Sometimes it’s stocking issues, sometimes it’s cosmetic, sometimes it’s suggested sell-by dates. But it all contributes to tremendous wastefulness. [46:00]

• If we promoted more vegetarian diets and didn’t put all of our food to cattle feed, we could easily feed four times the population of America. Instead, we have 50 million food insecure Americans. [52:00]


Powerful Quotes

• “It was the most exciting time of my life getting to make this transformation.” – Rob Greenfield [9:05]

• “Just do what’s right most of the time. Try your hardest. If you make a mistake, move forward, and don’t beat yourself up.” – Rob Greenfield [15:30]

• “Start to ask yourself, could I live without this?” – Marc Angelo Coppola [17:20]

• “My spirituality comes down to living an examined life, living in alignment with my beliefs, living with the truths that I know, and all of that comes down to connection with nature.” – Rob Greenfield [24:30]

• “Environmentalism is one hundred percent mindset.” – Rob Greenfield [31:00]

• “The average electric drill is used for thirty-one minutes in its entire life.” – Rob Greenfield [38:30]

Contact Information for Rob Greenfield


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Shannon Graham

What does it take to become a leading name as a life-coach and motivational speaker? For Shannon Graham, it was a little bit of luck, and a whole lot of determined will-power. Making the most out of any bad situation, Shannon decided that he was going to help improve people’s lives, and do so well enough to make a living from it, and in so doing, learned how to create a legacy. This is the story of how he accomplished his dreams, and how you can too.

Key Points Made by Marc Angelo and Shannon Graham

• Shannon reached a point in his life where he was deep enough into drugs and crime, that his options looked like jail or worse. But this didn’t sit well with him, it didn’t seem like either option suited his purpose in life, so he began to try and figure out what was, and it’s that curiosity that saved him and helped him find success. [2:30]

• He realized that the way he was- drunk, on drugs, and down on his luck, he wouldn’t be able to figure out the answer to his curiosity. So he began looking into self-help to get himself out of that place. [5:45]

• He reached a strange point where he knew everything about self-improvement, but he wasn’t actually changing. So he had to begin looking into becoming his knowledge, or making it practical.  Once he began to change, it was a monumental change, and he felt compelled to share his transformation with everyone around him. [8:40]

• Through his adventures in New York City, Shannon experiences a lot of things, but nothing was as informative as the time he spent homeless for a week. Hailing on his childhood love of the show MacGyver, he got to experiment with looking at the things at his disposal a little differently. [16:00]

• It was while homeless that Shannon realized- even at that point in his life, he was still proud of where he had gotten. He was no longer on path to jail or worse, he was just in an inconvenient spot. He realized he could give people the sort of advice it would require to help others make the most of their lives, and thought he could even do so well enough to get people to pay him. [22:00]

• When he had the first client for his life coaching business, Shannon had the perfect opportunity to either seize the moment or let it drift away. So he walked right up to the guy and insisted that he was worth the guy’s time. [30:00]

• Don’t underestimate what the value of effective and pertinent advice really is to someone. You may have always helped people as a friend, but to someone who doesn’t have that sort of help readily available to them, your counsel could be priceless. [39:00]

• Not everyone is a creator, designer, or producer. Some people’s gift to the world is themselves- the way they think and communicate and share a valuable message, and ultimately exemplify that message with their own lives. [48:00]

• Instead of trying to change the entire world at once, Shannon promotes trying to change a few people so thoroughly, that their change can ripple through the people around them. [52:00]

• Humans need connection- not just interaction online, but real connection to other human beings and other ways of life, so don’t neglect the daily opportunities you have to find that, and don’t underestimate how hungry people are for that. Shannon’s legacy program exists for this purpose. [59:00] 

• If you believe you are the gift, figure out what your gift is. Are you empathetic, intuitive, creative? Once you’ve identified that, figure out how you can create an atmosphere to transform the people around you with that? [1:03:00]

• Know the difference between opportunities and distraction. Recognize what’s truly moving you toward your final goal, toward your legacy. [1:08:45]

Powerful Quotes

• “Yes, we’re greedy for ourselves, but for the most part, we want to see our whole tribe grow.” – Mark Coppola [11:45]

• “If you can affect people, they will return that value whatever way they can.” – Mark Coppola [38:45]

• “There are two types of people in the world. People who have a gift… and people who are a gift.” – Shannon Graham [47:45]

• “If you have a movement, you have to have the ability to lead the movement.” – Shannon Graham [1:06:00]

Links Mentioned

http://infinitemind.io/individual/ (EyeQ)


Contact Information for Shannon Graham from The Mentor Coach



Nathan Chan: Creating Your Own Opportunities

Nathan Chan doesn’t consider himself a high-achiever, but nonetheless he’s found an incredible audience sharing the successes of entrepreneurs around the world. Much of his success came from an innovative strategy for his Instagram campaign, but the hustle and grind behind his dedication proves that he earned every bit of his magazine’s success.

Main Questions Asked

How did you get where you are now? [1:05] 

What led you to discovering your genius or your superpower with Foundr Mag? [5:30]

What helps you continue to improve and grow? [16:00]

What do you think is the impact of social entrepreneurs on the planet moving forward? [21:00]

How were you able to reach your million people? [27:30]

Key Points Made by Marc and Nathan Chan

Foundr Magazine exploded in popularity through their excellent use of Instagram as a marketing tool. Their main goal is to show people what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur through a multi-faceted platform. [1:05]

An entrepreneur always wants to go faster, do more, and explode in popularity. The ‘more’ mentality is classic, but the climb can be unsteady and unpredictable. [3:45]

Nathan actually wasn’t a high-achiever. He scraped by in school and barely found anything that he was exceptional at. Finally he gave up grinding at jobs he hated and decided to try to find something he actually enjoyed. [5:30]

He chose marketing as his new focus, and continued trying different avenues with it, but nobody would hire him. He couldn’t find the chance to shine, so he made his own. He built the magazine and covered the costs with his wages from his full-time job. [8:20]

One of the best ways to keep yourself motivated is to be your own biggest backer. By making yourself financially accountable for your success and failure, you build up the determination to stop at nothing. [12:00]

Constantly appealing to experts is a powerful way to improve your personal skills. There are plenty of people with great ideas and great skills beyond you- and reaching out can turn those into opportunities. [16:10]

Social entrepreneurship was long held back by the thought they couldn’t be for-profit. However, the reality is that even for-profit businesses are capable of being focused on a positive benefit. [21:20]

The tragedy of the commons is that what’s good for me might not be good for my neighbor. We need to keep our eyes on the process of doing good for ourselves, and for others. This is the role of benefit-corps, a new type of corporate filing which aims for both. [25:10]

Instagram is a unique platform, but it’s also an amazing way to spread a message. Foundr can get thousands of people tagging their friends to follow their account on a single post, just by consistently creating content their audience wants. [30:00]

Powerful Quotes

“The real genius comes when someone finds the courage to step up and go, “I’m going to try that.” – [Marc Angelo Coppola] [10:30]

“I’m very lucky that I’m able to connect with some brilliant minds. And every person that I speak to I learn from, and that’s helped me accelerate the growth of the business.” [Nathan Chan] [16:10]

“We try to encourage people that there’s another thing you can do… your whole life isn’t mapped out for you.” [Nathan Chan] [27:00]

Contact Information for Nathan Chan from Foundr Magazine