On Failure

Jerry Fahrni: “One thing is for certain, if you’re waiting for the right moment, the moment will never come. Decisions don’t need to be right or wrong, they simply need to be made. Heaven forbid you make a bad call on something. I seriously doubt anyone has gone through life mistake free. If you never make a mistake you’re not trying hard enough in my opinion. Heck, I’d go as far as to say that some of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned have been from my failures. Sure, the failures sting a little, but that’s what helps one learn from the process.”

I’ve always been a fairly cautious person, but I’m trying to change that. I need to take some business risks because I’m not getting any younger and I feel the need to do my own thing. I think Jay, Jerry as you know him, is absolutely correct. We need to fail on occasion to make progress and grow. In my case, I’ll regret never trying.

I don’t know who to attribute this quote to, but I keep it around for inspiration.

I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying. – Michael Jordan

If anyone knows who said it, please let me know so I can give proper attribution.

UPDATE 01.22.2012: The quote was by basketball legend Michael Jordan.

P.S. – Does Michael Jordan have an “official” official website? A Google search turns up a bunch of official websites.

By Rob Fahrni

Husband / Father / Developer