Put On Your Cape
I often tell people that they need to embrace their internal superhero. Since it is an odd thing to say, they usually laugh at me. For most of us, when we normally think of a superhero, we conjure a musclebound goliath with a chiseled jaw. Since I am a little chubby and lost my chin about 15 lbs. ago, I want you to know that is not the kind of superhero I think we all need to embrace. The hero I am talking about could look like anyone. In fact, the looks don’t really matter at all… More on this in a sec.
I am lucky enough to have had a great deal of failure in my career. Lucky because as I paid attention to those failures, I was able to avoid repeating them and find success. When I was 25 years old, I started a company from scratch, grew it to $23M in revenue, took a sharp left turn, and then cratered the business and lost jobs for over 100 people.
A year later after the ashes had cooled from that company, I started a new business with 100 bucks. We bootstrapped the whole thing and never took any funding. In 2015 it reached over $500M in revenue. But at $100M, I had to cut pay by 20% for everyone in the entire company to make it through a really tough cash crunch. At $300M, there was a mutiny where I got kicked out. I made tons of mistakes along the way.