#fail is underrated

For most of us, failure is something to be avoided. After all, who really likes attempting to accomplish something and not succeeding?

But there’s an inconvenient truth: failure is underrated. In many cases, it’s a prerequisite for success and those who embrace it and learn from it have a strategic advantage over those who won’t and can’t.

New recipe for success: less intelligence and optimism, more grit and pessimism?

When you visualize the quintessential startup, you probably see intelligent and optimistic people working together to solve big challenges. After all, a group of individuals usually has to be somewhat smart to get a new business off the ground and the group probably has to be relatively optimistic to find the motivation to face big challenges and succeed.

But forget what you think you know about the characteristics it takes to succeed. They just might not be accurate.