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You Must Fail to Succeed

“Opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.” -Richard Branson

Friendly Reminder: Failing is necessary in order to succeed. If we are only focused on what could have been, we fail to see opportunities that are right at our fingertips.

In this episode I recount the experience building “Best Camera,” a photo sharing app that gained global publicity and over 1 million downloads. Today’s story begins with a barrage of texts and emails, and I describe my mindset shortly after a new app called Instagram sold to Facebook for $1B, crushing Best Camera’s trajectory. Failure could have defined this part of my story, but instead, I continued to innovate, ultimately discovering the path that led to found CreativeLive. So, if failing is inevitable, how can we fail better?

Other topics in this episode include:

  • Recurring thoughts of what could have been
  • Resilience and grit
  • Not chasing missed opportunities
  • How to hear the word no and move on
  • Talent emerges through effort
  • Trusting the process


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This podcast is brought to you by CreativeLive. CreativeLive is the world’s largest hub for online creative education in photo/video, art/design, music/audio, craft/maker, money/life and the ability to make a living in any of those disciplines. They are high quality, highly curated classes taught by the world’s top experts — Pulitzer, Oscar, Grammy Award winners, New York Times best selling authors and the best entrepreneurs of our times.

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