Have you ever heard of Traf-O-Data 8008? If you answered “no,” you’re not alone. Bill Gates’s first attempt at entrepreneurship was a bit of a flop. Traf-O-Data 8008 was supposed to turn traffic tapes into useful data. Things were so bad that the product didn’t work during a demo for a local County government. Some time later, the State of Washington began offering free traffic processing services, ending the need for Traf-O-Data 8008. Instead of giving up, Bill Gates used his first failure to help lay the foundation for what would become Microsoft.
A Key to Success is Failure.
Failure is an option that can bring growth and resilience. Many of the world’s greatest business executives, sports athletes, and leaders attribute failure as a key to their success.
Make the failure work for you
- Separate yourself from the failure. You are not a failure. Something you tried didn’t work.
- Accept the failure and move on. You can’t change the past so stop dwelling on it. The time and energy you spend talking and thinking about the failure could be used on moving forward.
- Think about what the experience has taught you. Use this as an opportunity to learn and grow. What aspects of your approach would you adjust or change?
- Shift your focus to something new. It’s time to adjust your focus to something new and exciting. Consider the past failure as an asset.