I quit my job as general manager of a software development firm in 2010. At the time I had exactly $0 in my savings, and I had a budding family to support. Time after time, I remember hearing people tell me that I was crazy, stupid, irresponsible, and plenty of other adjectives. Who knows, I probably was all of those things.
MCF and MCW were taking off, doubling in traffic every week. Minecraft was starting to look like it was about to blow up with the ferocity and energy of a 25 megaton nuclear device, but NOBODY could be sure. There was never a guarantee.
Since those days, I’ve had people ask, “How did you do it? What made you so confident that you would succeed? How can I do the same thing?”.
There was never a single day where I said, “Yep, NOW I can do this.” The doubt was terrifying, the uncertainty draining. Yet, at some point I decided to take what most people call the “Leap of faith”.
This first of many leaps was by far the scariest one. What if I failed? What if I ended up homeless? What if I couldn’t support my family?
These are all questions I remember putting on repeat in my head for weeks. These questions would taunt me. Sometimes I would be mentally crippled and unable to work, simply because I was so worried about them.
Then the answer finally came to me.
Then I would fail.
Failure is not bad. Failure should be celebrated. Failures are an enlightening part of life. Almost every major event where I’ve failed in my life is also an event where I can quantify the lessons I’ve learned. You will grow more from your failures than from your successes.
Learn to embrace failure. Learn to pick up the pieces, and identify which of them was the cause for failure. Failures are as much a part of who you are as your successes. Without failure, success would be common place.
So how did I do it? How can you do the same thing? I failed, and I failed often. You should too. Try EVERY idea, build every app, make every mistake. Take the leap of faith.