by Marko Rubel
After more than a decade as an investor, it still amazes me how many people ask me for success tips. It’s become second nature to recite a few of the most popular stories that I always have in the back of my mind, but over this last week I started thinking about what I would ask present day ‘Marko’ if I could go back in time. The more I thought about it, the more I wanted to know the details of not my successes but instead my failures.
For those of you who haven’t spent time with me in one of my 4-day seminars – you don’t yet know that I’m a person of action. As I look back on the person I was ten years ago, I know that person has the drive and determination to get to where I am today. If I had the knowledge or experience to avoid some of the time-wasting failures along the way, I might have made the same journey in 5 years instead of 10, or maybe even less!
Each person I’ve worked with over the years is starting out their journey at a different point; and the path to success from that spot will usually be different from others around you – even if you have the same or similar goals. That’s where I see most people get hung up, they are looking for a step by step process of how to take their life as it is today and make it into something else.
The reality is that, while each of our paths to success is unique to our own lives and personalities, often the same threats of failures loom on every path. Knowing how to identify what is going to waste time and result in failure is virtually guaranteed to save everyone time on their journey to success. After all, it’s the same failures that virtually everyone talks about once they’ve reached the level of success they’re looking for.
Looking back on my life, I can track the success based on a series of failures I had to experience before I figured out the ‘easy’ way of doing something. That’s why so many people fail at their dreams! They encounter all the failures on their own instead of learning from others, and they’re so exhausted that they simply give up before they’ve reached their destination.
So to everyone I’ve been able to help so far with the lessons I’ve learned and paid for along the way, thank you for teaching me the value of failure. I promise I’m going to continue pushing forward and coming up with new ways to fail so that I can keep sharing my knowledge and experience. For those of you who have not yet started learning at my expense don’t think of my teaching as a ‘step by step’ of what you need to do for success – consider it a blueprint for avoiding the mistakes you’re almost certain to make!