In 1985 Steve Jobs was fired from Apple his own company that he co-founded in 1976, following a massive disagreement with the Board and CEO John Sculley whom he had hired from Pepsi two years earlier.

The disagreement stemmed from the Board’s attempt to contain Steve Jobs’ expensive experiments with developing untested products.

Steve returned to head the company 11 years later transforming Apple to become the most valuable company in the world, a position the company has maintained to date.

Commenting years later on that ouster from his own company, Steve Jobs said, “I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.”

Friends, it’s OK to fail; it all depends on your definition of failure.

It’s OK to fail; it all depends on what you do with the experience.

You can choose to let failure stop you or you can choose to let it teach you vital lessons to act more wisely next time.

Few things in life are as paralyzing as the fear of failure. The fear of failure is one of the biggest obstacles that stop the average person from taking the actions required for them to achieve their dreams. “What if it fails?” they ask.

The fear forces them to constantly lower their expectations thereby experiencing much less than they are capable of achieving. By doing no more than what the average person does, they achieve no more than what the average person achieves.

Learn to use failure as a tool for advancement

If you failed in a venture, you still deserve some applause. At least you have tried. You have made an attempt at success. You have done something better than many others who never lifted a finger. Your failure and mistakes are proofs that you have tried. Not only that, you are in a better position to succeed than others who never tried. You are far better than others whose only job is to criticize, mock or aspire to start but never make a move.

When you try but fail you gain something valuable that money sometimes may not be able to buy- the knowledge of what does not work. You gain an invaluable opportunity to try again more intelligently. Life favours people who fail because they will be presented with opportunities to start again and right their wrongs.

My name is Ayo Adebamowo. Author, Speaker and Techpreneur. I’m here to walk your success journey with you. Subscribe to my newsletter for regular nuggets or check out other empowering articles on my blog to help in that journey. My latest book is Accelerate, a primer on personal and professional development.

Written by : Ayo Adebamowo


About the Facilitator – Ayo Adebamowo Ayo Adebamowo is an Author, Speaker and Tech Entrepreneur. He is the founder of MyMedicalBank, a health technology company promoting digital access to healthcare through creating innovative digital solutions.

A Nigerian-British national, Ayo has been named as one of the 70 Most Outstanding Healthcare Professionals in the United Kingdom.

Having started and run various businesses himself in healthcare, technology, agriculture and publishing, Ayo very much understands from a practical point of view the pains, struggles and mistakes aspiring and established business owners often make that delay their success. He therefore brings his wealth of experience coupled with years of experience and research to help other entrepreneurs succeed in their journey.

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