The Courage to Dare and not be Afraid of Failure By Galit Zamler
The American president Franklin Roosevelt said in his first speech to the commission: The only thing which we have to fear is fear itself.
Dare and don't be afraid of failure
Being an entrepreneur means fulfilling your dream and not being afraid of failure. After all, if we listen to fear, we will not try, we will not dare and then we will not succeed.
The entrepreneur has courage and is proactive. The entrepreneur doesn't listen to fear, because he knows that fear is paralyzing, and you can always find reasons to not initiate and to do nothing.
The entrepreneur examines the fears and checks: Are these true circumstances or excuses?
Fearless of failure and the courage to dare are particularly important after the entrepreneur begins to tell his surroundings about the enterprise.
Maybe the developer will get some support, but there will almost always be those who will explain and give an infinite number of reasons as to why this project has no chance to succeed. Only an entrepreneur who is willing to take chances, to dare and not to fear failure will be able to neutralize the noise around them.
Sometimes we see people who are successful and we believe that everything they put their hands on succeeds, but those people also experienced failures.
The successes that we heard about stem from the courage to dare and not be afraid of failure.
Guy Provisor, an Israeli entrepreneur and was the owner of food network Eden Teva Market, touched well on this point, and said in an interview to the Israeli magazine 'Business' of Ma'ariv [25.23.2011]:
Entrepreneur must go with his faith, with his instinct, and take care of things as soon as everyone agrees with him. Entrepreneurship is to create something new in a place that it was not. If everyone thinks you are doing the right thing, you are not inventing anything new. That's why it is forbidden to imitate someone else. If you have the feeling, faith and vision that this is what you want to do, you must do it. No matter how much you will fail on the way - go by yourself until the end. People who are waiting to be entrepreneurs are not really entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs jump to the water.
Most people recognize Steve Jobs' success with the Apple Company, and before that, the success of Next Company, but people who know the long process that Jobs had as an entrepreneur know that he had also some failures. The first model of Apple computer, called Apple I, sold very few units, and although later the Apple II was a commercial success, the computers that came after, Lisa and Apple III, failed commercially. Those failures did not discourage Jobs, however. They did just the opposite - they made him improve his technology and consumer understanding.
This video shows people known for their success, but it was hard to predict this at the beginning:
Shaul Shani - who was behind the acquisition of the Brazilian media company, GVT, in 2002, said in 2010 about the acquisition: I was alone for many years when everyone thought it was a crazy idea. Everyone talks about how it will fail, and I must admit that I had nights that I began to doubt. It later emerged that GVT has become one of the companies with the highest growth rates among those operating in emerging markets, and sold at a value of 4.2 billion dollars.
From Entrepreneurship for Kids Program:
The third subject of the Entrepreneurship for Kids Program is about learning from the experience of others. On this subject, the students learn about entrepreneurs who succeeded and entrepreneurs who failed, and how to draw conclusions.
This subject emphasizes the ability to overcome failure and move on, if by making improvements or by going to the next project - but never be desperate.
The ability to admit failures is not a less important part of the process than success; here are examples of technological projects:
- Eran Gefen, founder and CEO of FanGager, which operates in New York, has developed technology that allows brands to manage their fans on Facebook and Twitter, told the Israeli Calcalist website of the failures on the way to success.
His story shows that the road to success is paved with failures. And only dealing with them and being fearless will lead the entrepreneur to success.
- Also a huge company like Google was forced to close several projects they worked hard for, and in 11.2011 the company announced the cancellation of seven of their various projects, including the enterprise of Renewable Energy Cheaper Coal and Google Wave.
The Google Israel CEO was asked in an interview: Google posted some failures, how to deal with unfavorable reactions from all sides?
His answer was: If Google was successful in everything they do, it would mean that the company is not taking any risks and innovating anything.
Tolerance for failures:
Success is the goal of every entrepreneur, but alongside the chances of success, there is tolerance for failure.
Tolerance for failure, especially from the entrepreneur's direct surroundings, will help him continue to try, and not give up.
In the book Start-up nation by Dan Senor and Saul Singer, the authors point out that one reason that Israel is a Start-up Nation is its tolerance for failure:
...Despite the fact that everyone knows that even in Israel, the chances of success in start-up companies are low, it is okay to try and fail. Success is the preferred option, but a failure does not stain, it is an important addition to the resume.
Under the invention value in Wikipedia, it is written: One of the striking features of the organization that deals with inventions is the right to fail [others said, the duty to fail].
Moshe Peled, who was the CEO of Rafael in the eighties, said: If everything succeeded, it means that you do not dare. I would expect that 50% of my tries will end in failures.
Dr. Kobi Vertman attributed the organization's success to the management approach that allowed people fail and not execute them. This approach encouraged people to initiate.
An example of an indefatigable entrepreneur:
Stef Wertheimer is an entrepreneur who founded a fancy company named Iscar. In his book The Habit of Labor, he talks about tolerance and dealing with failures:
We have seen how to do things, we also tried, in many places we have failed. We had numerous problems in producing parts, in supply... We were beaten on a daily basis. The troubles were our development foundations. We did not panic, but we also disregard them.
Stef writes: Like I said, I have failures nearby the successes, and I think that the failure part does not fall from the successes part.
Preparing for hard work:
The preparation and willingness to take on hard work, without reduction and shortcuts is a recipe for long-term success.
Eli Horowitz, R.I.P, who led the Teva company for many years, said in an interview with Lady Globes magazine on 5.2.2009: Indeed, I succeed, but everything was always with a hard work, without brilliancies, step by step with a lot of sweat.
Learning from failures
Learning from failures and the ability to look forward, make changes and improve - are skills that are required for the entrepreneur's success.
How failure is part of success, we can learn from an article published on the Calcalist website about the mistakes leading up to the successes:
Google's and Amazon's cash cows, the electric light and Beethoven's compositions are not made by bursts of brilliance, but in the process of exhausting polishing of failed ideas and medium products. They became successful thanks to the failures.
An example from light and strong entrepreneurs:
In an interview with 'Business' magazine of Ma'ariv dated 25.12.2011, the Light and Strong entrepreneurs told about the beginning:
'The idea created from nothing, and basically there, in this project, we start everything: fundraising, business plans and management program at a detailed level.'
After a year, the project was buried due to financial problems, but they chose to learn from it instead of despairing. 'It was our first experience in the field in which we are engaged today, the failure of the project has caused us to look ahead and start planning the next thing'.
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