Dreaming big is part of the reason you decided to start a business and launch a startup. You were fed up with the mundane nine to five schtick and wanted something different. You wanted to be the boss and, low and behold, you’ve hit your first target.
What’s next? It’s preparing to fail.
Sure, nothing can sound more defeatist than adopting a failing attitude. As a result, most entrepreneurs don’t even think about the possibility. However, understanding that failure is an option will make you more successful, and here’s why.
It’s Not Negative
First thing’s first – knowing that failure is around the corner isn’t negative. If anything, it’s realistic because 90% of startups fail. Yes, you might be the anomaly that lights the way for other SMEs in the future. However, you could become another statistic. At least when you prepare to fail, you take this theory into account and implement the necessary safety nets. Too many cock-sure businessmen and women go bankrupt because they didn’t see it coming. You don’t have to be one of these people if you’re ready to admit that success isn’t guaranteed. Objectivity will help you spot the warning signs before they are too late, so how can you view that as negative?
It Gives You A Boost
Glass half-full entrepreneurs will always look on the bright side. So, let’s do the same with preparing to fail. The first thing that springs to mind is that you’ll adopt an attitude that keeps you on your toes. Rather than coasting along, you’ll do everything in your power to generate leads and make sales. Sure, all startups do this, but they don’t go the extra mile. You will follow-up, cut costs and recruit like a professional when you never lose sight of a basic truth: one mistake can end it all.
You Get A Second Chance
There are no second chances in business. Well, that’s what most people think, yet that’s because they believe they are destined to succeed. You, on the other hand, are ready to go down with the ship, which is why you have backup plans in place. No matter how many fall through, bankruptcy lawyers can always work miracles. Okay, they’re not true miracles, but they feel like it when they wipe thousands of dollars of unsecured debts. It might not make a difference in the long-term; however, it’s worth a shot. Come on – every startup could do with eliminating a couple of grand off their sheet!
You Move On
Sometimes, business plans aren’t destined to succeed. The project itself might not be detailed enough, or the idea could be lacking. Then, Lady Luck could work against you even when you think every base is covered. Whatever the reason for failure, the successful businessmen and women don’t cry over spilt milk. Instead, they come up with another concept and try and make it work. A common mistake of entrepreneurs is not to have the confidence to keep trying until they get it right.
Your self-esteem should be sky high since you’ve accepted your startup might not work.