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Why Failure Is More Important Than Success

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Why Failure Is More Important Than Success
As an entrepreneur of ten years I've learned all too well what failure feels like. The perpetual wheel of reinventing myself has been the only constant in my life. Ups and downs, highs and lows; the roller coaster of perceived failure can be exhausting. I deliberately use the word perceived.

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Failure and Success

We've all been bred to strive for success, attain perfection, sacrifice our dreams for obligation and "win", but we forget that failure is a necessary part of success.

Success happens outside "normal", and the only way to reach it is to walk though failure without losing your enthusiasm.

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