Chapter 1: The mantra of success

This quote seems to describe the perfect mantra to achieve success, and you won't believe how simple it is.

[Lorenzo Conti] · 315 words · 2 min read · Oct 23, 2023
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Recently, I stumbled upon a quote that resonated deeply with me:

Ever tried. Ever failed.
No matter.
Try again. Fail again.
Fail better.

Samuel Beckett, ‘Worstward Ho!’, 1983

This insightful quote sparked my curiosity and led me down a path of exploration. Over the years, this quote has gained tremendous popularity and has become a mantra in various professional fields, such as business and sports. Its appeal is evident:

  • it serves as an inspiring reminder to persevere in the face of setbacks and rejections.
  • it underscores that failure is not a roadblock but a valuable learning opportunity that can steer us toward improvement, enabling us to “fail better” in our future endeavors.

This message seamlessly aligns with the resilient mindset often required in the realm of tech startups, where nearly every venture encounters failures. The dynamic nature of the technology industry demands adaptability and a robust spirit in the face of adversity.

What’s truly fascinating is that these setbacks and roadblocks frequently contain the seeds of future success. They serve as valuable stepping stones, enabling entrepreneurs to refine their strategies, products, and business models. Every failure becomes a source of vital feedback, guiding startups towards more effective solutions.

Alright, I’ve got the message loud and clear.

So, are you suggesting that I actually have to fail to make it in life?

Is failure some kind of secret sauce to success, or are we just glorifying setbacks?

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