About 10 years ago, I decided I didn’t want to work for “the man” anymore. I was tired of working at my little desk, drained from the daily hour-plus commute each way, and sick of getting paid less than what I knew I was worth.
So, I decided to quit. I didn’t do it immediately, but I created a plan for escaping the rat race and building my own business as a freelance blogger. Within about six weeks, I walked out the door of that job for the last time and I haven’t looked back since.
Was I scared? At first, yes. Who wouldn’t be?
I knew there was a very real possibility that I’d fail spectacularly. But I also came to realize that failure doesn’t have to be a bad thing. In fact, failing can be one of the best things that can happen to you because you can learn a tremendous amount through failure.
Over the past decade, I’ve failed numerous times along the way. From losing big clients to launching countless of my own websites over the years hoping to “hit it big” in a niche only to strike out, I’ve failed time and time again.
But the important thing is I got up from every failure, learned lessons from them, and always progressed one step closer to achieving my goals.
Looking back to where I was 10 years ago, I’ve come a long way. I’ve moved on from client work and exclusively focus my time on building up my own various websites and online ventures, including Scribblrs.com, a site devoted to sharing the lessons I’ve learned along the way building and monetizing blogs. I’ve reached several goals that I never would have imagined possible when I first started this journey, and it’s because I’ve embraced failure along the way.
To this day, I continue to have failures that humble me and educate me. And that’s a good thing. I may lose some battles, but I’m winning the war.
Don’t fear failure. Embrace it.
Eric Brantner has spent the last decade of his life obsessed with all things related to internet marketing. As a serial blogpreneur, he has started several successful blogs, reaching millions of visitors in the process. He has just launched his latest site Scribblrs.com where he shares his experience starting blogs and offers tips to new bloggers seeking success.
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