Two kinds of Failure

Hi friends, I’ve been reading the masterpiece titled “Mastery” by Robert Greene. If you are yet to read that book, I encourage you to go for it; you’ll sure be better for it.

The overall idea Mr. Greene tries to sell in the book is the notion that success in life is hugely based on ones ability to be a master in ones field; and he takes his reader step-by-step through the process of mastering any skill, and in his usual style sharing inspiring stories of men and women like you and I who made it following his principles.

Guys, this book is awesome!

Basically, in this post, I want to share an extract of a concept he talked about in the book that struck a cord with me. I hope you’ll find it instructive as much as I do.

Ok. Here it is…

“There are two kinds of failure. The first comes from never trying out your ideas because you are afraid, or because you are waiting for the perfect time. This kind of failure you can never learn from, and such timidity will destroy you.

“The second kind comes from a bold and venturesome spirit. If you fail in this way, the hit that you take to your reputation is greatly outweighed by what you learn. Repeated failure will toughen your spirit and show you with absolute clarity how things must be done.

“In fact, it is a curse to have everything go right on your first attempt. You will fail to question the element of luck, making you think that you have the golden touch. When you do inevitably fail, it will confuse and demoralize you past the point of learning.

“In any case, to apprentice as an entrepreneur you must act on your ideas as early as possible, exposing them to the public, a part of you even hoping that you’ll fail. You have everything to gain.”

Read through those words in quote once more.

Think over it once more.

Let it instruct you again and again.


My name is Okafor Chijioke. I grew up a hopeless ghetto boy. I was a high school drop-out. But things took a dramatic U-turn the moment I embraced personal development. My areas of interest include: personal development, internet marketing, computer technologies, writing, and I love writing about these subjects.

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