I bet that title got your attention, eh?
So for whatever reason I decided the other day to get 2 books by Richard Branson, his auto-biography Losing My Virginity: How I’ve Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way, and the summary of it, Screw It, Let’s Do It (it basically compressed the story of the first book into 106 pages of large type, readable in 2 hours and spoiling the thicker book).
Laying in bed trying to fall asleep after reading a quarter of the real book, I thought, “Man, this guy was sure great, but I think he could have done it better – if he had known what he was doing, he’d be number one e.g. in the airline business, instead of playing second fiddle to British Airways [I don't know if that's the real case, in my mind anyway the BA brand is more prestigious]. He failed a lot too during his record company years, struggling to stay in business, signing bad bands and missing to sign the ones that would be successful.” Then I had to laugh at my thoughts. This guy is about to be the first guy to launch a space-tourism business with Virgin Galactic (which, BTW, is the most freaking awesome name IMO) in 2 years, he owns his own private island and he was already running several record stores and a recording studio at age 20, how can I be calling him a failure?
I suppose that’s when I realized how true that old wisdom is, to succeed, you have to fail a lot, and only when you keep on going and keep on trying will you be successful.