September 7, 2018

Success is built on Failure

Covered in blood, my @zoicclothing Reign knickers are still my favorite bit of kit. In the ER for eight plus hours Monday after hitting a tree limb that fell across the road. Shattered scapula, fractured elbow and nasty gash there too. Thanks to the neighbor who picked me and my bike off the road..what a great way to meet first time! And thanks to my other neighbor who happens to be. Firefighter / paramedic and insisted on calling an ambulance and also patched me up. His son had come over to play and went back and told his dad, 'the neighbor is lying in the driveway bleeding'. What a way to end the season

Yesterday I listened to interviews of Seth Godin and Brian Scudamore. Brian now has five companies, valued at $25 million, with a goal of expanding to ten companies. When he was eight years into his first company, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? he was at about a million dollars in revenue.

But before that, he failed. A lot. He also mentioned, he was fired from every job had ever held.

Seth Godin built Yoodyne and sold it to Yahoo! for $30 million. Seth said for about eight years he was always two weeks away from bankruptcy.  Eight years is a long time to be on the brink of failure.

These are people whom, at a glance, folks tend to think, wow, that’s guy’s got it made, he is a success story. But look a little deeper, and we see that success is built on a mountain of failure, of struggle and adversity.

Maybe, just maybe, the difference between those who have “made it” and those who never do, sometimes is the difference between perseverance and giving up. Perhaps it is the difference between struggling and accepting whatever comes easily. And perhaps, it is the difference between focusing on the long vision and moving towards the horizon step by step, and focusing on the barrier in front of our faces and being turned away by it.

Fuad Kamal

With a background in biotechnology, Fuad began his career developing assays and cutting edge technologies around HIV research. From there he shifted into the bioinformatics arena, where he developed innovative information systems in Perl. He started playing with the Flash platform around the time Flash 4 was released, and later developed the flash interface for the Flight Information Display System (FIDS) that you see at pretty much every major airport around the world today. Fuad loves delving into new technologies and pushing technologies in novel directions. Currently he is focused on providing mobile strategy & development for the Health & Fitness markets. He is an iOS developer, teaches an Android & Kotlin college course, and is currently writing The Kotlin Book http://thekotlinbook.com. Fuad has often applied principals he learned from his study of the martial arts to mentoring others as well as taking a unique approach to problem solving. He has found that quite often, the barriers we set before us are more mental than anything else, and the key to overcoming them lies in understanding this concept.

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