Have the courage to fail better


Tim Ferris is an unusually insightful writer and teacher.  In a blog post How to Get George Bush or the CEO of Google on the Phone | The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss he cites an article by Adam Gottesfeld about he teaches Princeton students to connect with luminary-level business mentors.  Each student has to discover how to contact someone and get them to answer a quesiton, perhaps even develop a relationship.  He gives some inspiring stories of how students figure this out and the key, because it is hard, is to fail better.  Once you have failed, fail better the next time until you figure it out.  These are critical insights, not only for students.  I feel like I need to take this to heart; take more risks, fail faster and better.  I think that I would be more successful if I took the advice from this article.

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