Barry J. Moltz has founded and run small businesses with a great deal of success and failure for more than 15 years. I was recently asked to review his new book, ““Bounce! Failure, Resiliency and the Confidence to Achieve Your Next Great Success,” and loved it so much I asked him for an interview.
Barry first explained what inspired him to begin writing his latest work.
“There really is a singular reason: I was sick and tired of constantly having people tell me, “There’s always something to learn from failure.” We have a mantra in our society that we can’t leave a place or an experience until we figure out why it happened and what it has to teach us. Sometimes, in my twenty-five years of experience, there is absolutely nothing to learn from failure. It just stinks!”
Barry offered a few humorous examples.
“At my last company, when my best customer was indicted by the government, was I supposed to learn not do business with criminals? And when my best employee left the state to live with her husband, was I supposed to learn not to hired married people? Both are illogical, obviously.”
The title of the work comes from another aspect of the author’s perspective.
“I’m not saying that we can’t sometimes learn something from failure. But if we just keep waiting, we lose the ability to bounce. What does it mean to bounce? Have a pity party, enjoy the darkness, but after twenty-four hours you have to decide, what action can I take that will give me another chance at success?”
I wanted to know if Barry had any specific advice for us – for inventors and idea creators who are constantly dealing with failure. His advice was spot on.
“We know that failure is going to happen. It’s not an “if” but a “when”. Anyone who is doing something revolutionary is going to fail. And if you’re not failing you’re simply not trying hard enough. So really, it’s not so much that you have to get over failure, but that you need to learn to deal with it.”
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