Joel Devidal Reveals 5 Ways to Learn How to Overcome Failure as an Entrepreneur

Successful Entrepreneur and CEO, Joel Devidal, Reveals 5 Ways to Learn How to Overcome Failure as an Entrepreneur

Learn how you can still build a successful business even when you encounter the occasional speed bump.


Some of the most successful startup founders and angel investors overcame significant career challenges to become the well-known entrepreneurs they are today. Ask famous founders and investors on Twitter what their greatest failures were early in their careers and you'll hear an array of stories. From investments they didn't make to challenges they encountered while building a business early in their careers, failure tends to be a common obstacle many of today's most successful entrepreneurs overcame.

Unfortunately, new entrepreneurs often have an overwhelming fear of failure. They think one business mistake is enough to derail their entire career as an entrepreneur. There are ways to learn how to overcome failure as an entrepreneur, but you must be willing to do the tough mental work to change your way of thinking.

Joel Devidal, a veteran entrepreneur who overcame several failures on the path to success, believes there are five essential ways you can learn to lose your fear of failure. Regardless of whether you're a wantrepreneur, a solo-entrepreneur, or a mega success story in the making.

1. Failure is a Growth Opportunity

Learn to start looking at failure as an opportunity to grow instead of a shortcoming. Entrepreneurs who welcome the learning opportunities failure brings aren't afraid of not succeeding. They know they'll become stronger business builders in spite of their growth setbacks and can pass on the valuable lessons they learn to other entrepreneurs.

2. Failure is a Confidence Booster

Entrepreneurs who overcome their failures tend to be stronger and more confident than those who have never encountered career stumbles. When you realize that failures are just stepping stones on your path to increased confidence, you willingly look for the life lessons in your missteps. Start asking yourself, 'what lesson is this challenge meant to teach me,' and you'll be surprised at how quickly fear of failure starts to lose its power over you.

3. Entrepreneurial Failures are Teachable Moments

Another way to overcome failure as an entrepreneur is to look at your troubles as an opportunity to teach others. Some business leaders write books about their struggles, while others start podcasts or create blog posts. If you have a distinct fear of failing, start thinking about failures as an opportunity to build a second career or even side income. For example, create a product for other entrepreneurs based on overcoming defeat and then monetize that product to increase your annual income.

4. Failures Can Be Forks in the Road on Your Journey to Success

Did you know that powerful online platforms like YouTube and Twitter didn't start out to be the social networking superstars they are today? It can help you overcome your fear of failure as an entrepreneur if you start looking at business growth challenges as doorways to new possibilities. Maybe your current failure isn't a real misstep after all, but instead, a door leading you to a unique business opportunity.

5. Entrepreneurial Failure Isn't a Permanent State of Being

Accept that entrepreneurial failure isn't a permanent state of being. You won't always be a failure in the eyes of others (or in your mind). Business or career missteps are only challenges as long as you let them overwhelm your thinking. Once you start thinking of failure as a temporary problem, you will regain control of your self-confidence.

If you want to overcome the fear of failure as an entrepreneur, remember the above-listed tips. You can still build a successful business even when you encounter the occasional crash; you just have to adjust your mindset.

About Joel Devidal:

Joel Devidal is an entrepreneur with a sharp business mind and a keen ability for helping companies navigate changing times and move toward successful futures. Beyond business, Joel is an active part of his community supporting local organizations and helping young entrepreneurs get their start.

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10 Photos You Have On Your Camera Roll Of Your S.O. When You've Been Dating For More Than A Year

A wide range from "Aw" to "WTF?"


My boyfriend and I just hit the year and a half mark of dating, even though it seems like we've been together forever. Over the months, we've taken many pictures together... from football games, to his track meets, to holidays. Although we may have a lot of pictures together, I definitely have a lot of candids of him in my camera roll. If you've been dating your partner for as long as I have or longer, then you'll probably notice you have these same pictures in your photos as well.

1. The awkward first photos together

We laugh at these now, especially this one. Why am I so pale compared to him? It was July! And also, we noticed not to long ago that I was sweating under my arms and his underarms were sweating on me... what a great first time meeting!

2. The ones for VSCO

Every girl who has a significant other posts them onto their VSCO. VSCO is like Instagram, but more has more aesthetically pleasing pictures and there are no "likes." The pictures that include my boyfriend on my VSCO ranges from him holding a bunny to him holding my hand while we went ice skating.

3. Them sleeping

I have so many pictures of my boyfriend sleeping (I promise it's not as weird as it sounds), I just think he's so cute when he's fast asleep while cuddling with me.

4. The embarrassing ones they want no one to see

He's going to kill me when he sees this... but we all have those embarrassing Snapchat pictures that we start to send each other because we've gotten more comfortable with one another.

5. The ones for Facebook

The good looking pictures so you can keep yours and his family updated on how you two are doing. I took my boyfriend to a baby bird meet and greet since he loves birds and has one for a pet. I posted this cute picture of him and his new friends on Facebook so my family can see our adventures together.

6. Old pictures

One of the best parts of dating someone is finally seeing their old pictures. Although, sometimes they may make you cringe... like the one I posted above of my boyfriend after prom in his sophomore year of high school.

7. Their accomplishments

My boyfriend pole vaults for his college and he's really good at it. He just went to division III nationals in March because he qualified! I'm always at his meets so I make sure to get him on video in case he or anyone wants to see. I always try to snag a picture with him too because I'm always so proud.

8. The straight up ugly ones

He sure knows how to make me laugh. And I know he's going to be mad at me for this one too but I think it's a talent that he can do that with his stomach! Sorry, Adam, I promise I still think you look good when you send me these snaps for the most part.

9. But you have the hot ones too

He may be funny and sweet, but he is pretty good looking too. I know us girls keep some attractive pictures of our S.O.'s so we can remind ourselves of what a great looking partner we have.

10. FaceTime screenshots

If you and your lover go to different colleges like my boyfriend and I do, then FaceTiming happens a lot. Sometimes I get some great screenshots, like the one above, to make fun of him later.

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Ahavel Aborishade, Entrepreneurial Expert, Gives Insight into How Female Leaders Can Thrive in Male-Dominated Industries

Following these entrepreneurial tips can help you become a female leader.


Business can be an intense, cut-throat, almost brutal environment where only the fittest survive. You need to be sharp, have speed of thought, and practice a relentless determination to become a leader. For women, it can be even more of a challenge - particularly in male-dominated industries. Luckily, however, here are some tips shared by Ahavel Aborishade, business leader, that you can follow to thrive in just such an environment:

1. Be the most knowledgeable in your field

Don't give anyone an excuse to doubt your credentials. Be the most learned and knowledgeable person on your subject matter. This will take some time and effort, but in the end, it will be well worth it. By proving your expertise, other people in your industry will soon begin to look up to you and respect your point of view.

2. Build support around you

The path to success is rarely traveled alone. In order to thrive in the world of business, you will need to build a trusted network of friends and colleagues to support you. However, you should not limit yourself to an all-female support system. Instead, you should try to make a point of communicating regularly with trusted males so that you may better understand their ideas and viewpoints.

3. Don't dwell on sexist attitudes

Business studies have shown that startups run by men find it easier to raise funds than enterprises managed by women. When you read statistics such as this, it can be quite easy to become discouraged. However, what you must instead do is try and see it as a challenge that you can overcome - an obstacle that you can, and will, find a way across.

4. Don't shy away from tough questions

In order to thrive as a female business leader, you should never shy away from tough questions. In fact, you ought to welcome them. When you answer a difficult question with confidence and poise, it just highlights your skills and gives you more credence to your abilities as a leader. Remember that you may face tougher questions than a male colleague. By being prepared, you are only improving your own skills and reputation.

In Closing

Being a female leader in a male-dominated business climate is never easy. However, by taking the tips and advice in this article to heart, you will soon begin to see your stature grow.

About: Ahavel Aborishade is a business leader, tech aficionado and an emerging entrepreneur in the technologic world. Focusing on building a better future for those around her, Ahavel uses her passion for technology and community to create nuanced applications that enliven daily experiences.

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