Ask any hundred people what the opposite if success is, and 99 will probably answer, “Failure.” But that’s the big lie.
The real opposite of success is not failure but mediocrity.
Not only is failure not the opposite of success, it is actually an integral and necessary element of success. There has never been a goal worthy of achieving that didn’t warrant some failures along the way. In fact, the greater the chance and degree of failure, the more astonishing any potential achievement can ultimately be.
Failures are not dead-end outcomes. (Unless you quit, and then you’ve ended the story.) The entrepreneur who doesn’t make mistakes doesn’t make anything.
Failures are simply momentary challenges. When you persevere through them, these challenges become the stepping-stones to your success. They allow you to learn lessons, modify strategies, and develop the necessary character to become a successful entrepreneur.
This is why I wrote Mad Genius. (This post is an excerpt from that.) To help you blow up conventional thinking and unleash your creative genius.