“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison

Am I the only one who gets inspiration fatigue? Every morning, I see a new blog or article pop-up in my feed about success.

  • 4.32 Things Every Successful Person Does Before Coffee
  • The Road to Success is Paved with Unicorns
  • Want to be successful? Well, you can’t.

OK, maybe that last one wasn’t so inspirational, but the thing is, that’s how I feel at times. It’s great to be inspired and motivated. I’ve met wonderful people who are successful in their own ways. Sometimes, it’s the obvious success and other times, their success is so unique, they just live it instead of talking about it.

But you know what we don’t hear about often?

The failures.

From the beginning, our lives are filled with trial and error. As babies, we try to figure out the noises that make our parents pay attention to us when we’re hungry. We fall flat on our faces a thousand times before we successfully crawl for the first time.

This concept of failure before success follows us our entire lives, and yes, in our professional lives, too.

Tell me those stories. Tell me what didn’t work. Show me your failure to give me a better understanding of your success.

As a result of conversations I’ve had with friends, I decided to create a blog series on failure.

It could absolutely flop.

It’s very likely that no one will want to share their story of failure. If that’s the case, then I’ll use it as a lesson before moving on to my next project.

So, let’s give this a shot. I have a few people I’ll be reaching out to for stories, but I need your help too. Share this blog with your networks, friends, and family. If you’re thinking I only want to share stories from those in the marketing world, you’re wrong.

There’s a lesson in every story of failure, from every industry, across all unique experiences. I want to amplify those unique stories.

Are you ready to share your story and #FailForward? Take a couple of minutes to fill out the form below. If you haven’t read my failure story yet, you can find it here.

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