The Merits of Failure

Danger Man was the greatest failure of my life.

Danger Man de la Mancha(And in a life as adventurous as mine, that’s really saying something.)

This week I entered the Don Quixote Windmill Contest, a video competition for a $10,000 prize.

The hosts of the competition are looking for the Best Bad Idea.

The purpose of the Quixote’s Windmill Prize
is to encourage the takers of chances, the facers of giants, the riders on the arms of windmills.

Help me win this contest!

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Diving deeply back into this project, I must admit, was embarrassing.

I had no idea what I was doing. It was ballsy, and courageous, and tacky, and corny, and some of the most fun I have ever had.

But you know what?

I don’t mind failing.

Failing is actually the best way for me to learn something.

ebook_250wBy doing something badly, I can examine the remnants of my failure like an ancient priest of old, peering into the guts of a slaughtered animal, looking for truth within the ashes.

When I finished the Danger Man project, my introspection resulted in my first ebook.

I had never written an ebook before.

I didn’t know what I was doing.

But I did it anyway.

The Unexpected Side-Effects of Failing

I used to sell car insurance for a living. I wore a tie to work, I spent 50 hours a week in a cubicle, and I had was miserable; except for this one hour every day, where I could practice parkour during my lunch break, and finally feel free.

Danger Man was a side-effect; as I started climbing buildings and bridges, I needed a way to protect myself from trespassing charges.

From a mask to a costume is a very short leap.

My pipe dream was to craft some new job-type thing out of Danger Man, through Superhero Themed Guerilla Marketing, which had never been done before, and I could never get to work.

(With one notable exception.)

While I totally failed at what I set out to do, I still achieved my goal of leaving my day job, just in a very unexpected manner.

Almost on a whim, I made a website to hold my ebook.

I had never made a website before.

And I did it anyway.

Then, the light bulb went off: it’s a lot easier for me to get people to pay me for websites than for scavenger hunts.

People are already paying for websites. And with just a few resources, I created a new business.

With Pura Vida MultiMedia, I make websites, videos, and ebooks for clients all over the world.

I was able to leave my job selling car insurance, all because I did something I had no business doing; I tried something new; I failed.

And from that failure, I launched off of the unexpected side effect, to achieve my goal anyway.

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What was your greatest failure?

What was your Best Bad Idea, that taught you the lessons that brought you to where you are now?

Leave a comment, celebrate your failure, and I will applaud you.

7 responses to “The Merits of Failure

    • The only way to get to your destiny is through failure.

      It’s a shame we don’t teach that, and applaud failures as much as the successes in our culture. I think we would have more people achieving their destiny if we did.

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