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The Big Lie

Posted By: Randy GageJanuary 11, 2016

Ask any hundred people what the opposite if success is, and 99 will probably answer, “Failure.” But that’s the big lie.

The real opposite of success is not failure but mediocrity.

Not only is failure not the opposite of success, it is actually an integral and necessary element of success. There has never been a goal worthy of achieving that didn’t warrant some failures along the way. In fact, the greater the chance and degree of failure, the more astonishing any potential achievement can ultimately be.

Failures are not dead-end outcomes. (Unless you quit, and then you’ve ended the story.) The entrepreneur who doesn’t make mistakes doesn’t make anything.

Failures are simply momentary challenges. When you persevere through them, these challenges become the stepping-stones to your success. They allow you to learn lessons, modify strategies, and develop the necessary character to become a successful entrepreneur.

This is why I wrote Mad Genius. (This post is an excerpt from that.) To help you blow up conventional thinking and unleash your creative genius.

- RG

10 comments on “The Big Lie”

  1. You have many follower in language Spanish, and unless sometimes fails the language Your Spanish language followers wants to read You soon. I promise to help in this way...Because, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, México, all Central America... needs to read someone like You....So... which is the next step? Love it.

  2. germanjaramillo 
    Pregunte a cien personas cuál es lo opuesto al éxito, y  y 99 probablemente responderán "Fracaso". Pero esa es la gran mentira.
    El verdadero opuesto de éxito no es el fracaso, pero es la mediocridad.
    No sólo el fracaso no es lo contrario de éxito, en realidad es un elemento integral y necesario para el éxito. Nunca ha habido una meta digna de ser alcanzada que no justificara algunos fracasos en el camino. De hecho, mientras mayor es la probabilidad y el grado de fallar, más asombroso puede ser el logro potencial en última instancia.
    Los fracasos no son resultados sin salida. (A menos que abandone y haya puesto fin a la historia). El empresario que no comete errores no hace nada.
    Los fracasos son retos simplemente momentáneos. Cuando Usted persevera a través de ellos, estos desafíos se convierten en los escalones de su éxito. Ellos le permiten aprender lecciones, modificar las estrategias, y desarrollar el carácter necesario para convertirse en un empresario exitoso.
    Es por esto que escribí Mad Genius. (Este post es un extracto de eso.) Para ayudarle a estallar el pensamiento convencional y dar rienda suelta a su genio creativo.

  3. Sometimespeople do not immediatelyunderstandthatfailure issuccess.Helowers his handsand says- Ididn't work out.It is very important to draw conclusions fromtheir mistakes.And notprogrammingitselffor the next failure.

  4. I agree with your opinion but also the failure is a new start. The mediocrity is the same ordinary and easy way to survive.

  5. A very refreshing way of looking at it Randy!
    I like the idea of thinking of the op. cit. of success is stagnation. Nothing changes and nothing moves forward everything just stays the same.

  6. This is true only to a certain extent.  Consistent failure does not promote success.  Success promotes success.  For every person you can show me that claims failure made them successful, I can show you a dozen that excessive failure (especially financial) devastated them.

  7. What is the masure of success? Is it what we learnt from socity or as we defime? Or somethingels out of our knowledge.

  8. What is called success? What is masurement of success? Is it every body think or we learnt from socity? Or some thing ells we dont know. Because after steping on success then we fill it is not what we are expected at begning.

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  • 10 comments on “The Big Lie”

    1. You have many follower in language Spanish, and unless sometimes fails the language Your Spanish language followers wants to read You soon. I promise to help in this way...Because, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, México, all Central America... needs to read someone like You....So... which is the next step? Love it.

    2. germanjaramillo 
      Pregunte a cien personas cuál es lo opuesto al éxito, y  y 99 probablemente responderán "Fracaso". Pero esa es la gran mentira.
      El verdadero opuesto de éxito no es el fracaso, pero es la mediocridad.
      No sólo el fracaso no es lo contrario de éxito, en realidad es un elemento integral y necesario para el éxito. Nunca ha habido una meta digna de ser alcanzada que no justificara algunos fracasos en el camino. De hecho, mientras mayor es la probabilidad y el grado de fallar, más asombroso puede ser el logro potencial en última instancia.
      Los fracasos no son resultados sin salida. (A menos que abandone y haya puesto fin a la historia). El empresario que no comete errores no hace nada.
      Los fracasos son retos simplemente momentáneos. Cuando Usted persevera a través de ellos, estos desafíos se convierten en los escalones de su éxito. Ellos le permiten aprender lecciones, modificar las estrategias, y desarrollar el carácter necesario para convertirse en un empresario exitoso.
      Es por esto que escribí Mad Genius. (Este post es un extracto de eso.) Para ayudarle a estallar el pensamiento convencional y dar rienda suelta a su genio creativo.

    3. Sometimespeople do not immediatelyunderstandthatfailure issuccess.Helowers his handsand says- Ididn't work out.It is very important to draw conclusions fromtheir mistakes.And notprogrammingitselffor the next failure.

    4. I agree with your opinion but also the failure is a new start. The mediocrity is the same ordinary and easy way to survive.

    5. A very refreshing way of looking at it Randy!
      I like the idea of thinking of the op. cit. of success is stagnation. Nothing changes and nothing moves forward everything just stays the same.

    6. This is true only to a certain extent.  Consistent failure does not promote success.  Success promotes success.  For every person you can show me that claims failure made them successful, I can show you a dozen that excessive failure (especially financial) devastated them.

    7. What is the masure of success? Is it what we learnt from socity or as we defime? Or somethingels out of our knowledge.

    8. What is called success? What is masurement of success? Is it every body think or we learnt from socity? Or some thing ells we dont know. Because after steping on success then we fill it is not what we are expected at begning.

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