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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Dear Taylor Swift, Christians Are Not Homophobic Bigots, Sincerely, The Majority Of Christians

Taylor, you need to calm down when talking about how most Christians act.


When Taylor Swift released her newest single "You Need to Calm Down" last Friday, I didn't agree with the entire message of the song, mainly because of its heavy political overtones. But as the great Dick Clark once said, "It's got a good beat, and you can dance to it." So, for what it is, it's really easy to dance to this song, and I can see it becoming a pretty big hit.

But then the video came out, and I saw something that really bothered me.

In the music video for "You Need to Calm Down", Taylor is seen partying and hanging out with multiple LGBT+ icons in honor of Pride Month, such as the hosts of Queer Eye, RuPaul, and Ellen Degeneres. There's also a moment with Taylor, dressed as French fries, renewing her friendship with Katy Perry, who's dressed as a hamburger, which is as amazing as it sounds.

However, there's another cast of characters which acts as a foil to the happiness and colorful joy which is taking place in the video. There's a group of protesters surrounding the trailer park where Taylor and all her friends live. They're all dirty, buck-toothed, and dressed like your typical redneck stereotypes. They're also holding up protest signs while screaming at everyone in the trailer park. I saw one of the signs said something about Adam and Eve, and I realized most of the protesters were most likely meant to represent Christians.

And that...didn't sit well with me at all.

I know that these people never explicitly said they were Christians in the video, none of them even wore a cross. But, whenever someone sees anyone protesting rallies and organizations such as Pride, I can guarantee you that most of the time, the first thing people think is that they're from the Westboro Baptist Church, which is notorious for its protests. And I won't lie, there are some Christians who act that way.

But if you haven't heard this yet, let me be the first to tell you that not all Christians act like that. In fact, most of them don't act that way.

Christians don't agree with the LGBT+ lifestyle because of what the apostle Paul wrote in the book of 1 Corinthians (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). However, Jesus never once taught that just because you don't agree with a person doesn't mean they're automatically your enemy (Matthew 5:44). Christians are supposed to represent the love of the Savior of the world, which encompasses every and all aspects of humanity. This definitely includes people whose lifestyles we don't agree with. By not showing love to certain types of people, we are directly going against one of Jesus's greatest commandments.

Not agreeing with people is one of the cornerstones of humanity. It's a divisive world out there to be sure, but that doesn't mean people from any side of the debate need to perpetuate the division. Grouping all Christians into one group of hateful bigots is no different than Christians grouping all the members of the LGBT+ community into one group of evil people. One of the key elements of Christianity is showing people who have different beliefs from us the same love Jesus would show to anyone. And I know I'm not the only Christian who wants to show love to people of all walks of life. I may be the only Jesus they ever see in their lives, and we all wish to express the same love to others.

So Taylor, it looks like you're the one who needs to calm down on this issue.

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Robb Misso, Award-winning CEO, Describes 7 Great Techniques Small Business Owners Use to Hire Top Talent

Discovering premiere talent is no easy task, but it's one of the best investments you can make for the future of your business.


Hiring great employees is a difficult task, but hiring them for a small business or startup is far more difficult. Not only is your budget more limited, but you're also looking for a more specific kind of person. Working in a small business is inherently more difficult due to the flatter structure and greater responsibilities, so not only do you need someone skilled, you need people who can thrive under pressure. By focusing on these seven techniques detailed by Robb Misso, the CEO of DMS and a John C Maxwell Executive Council member, you can find the right people to hire for your company.

1. Focus on Brand Development from the Start

Attracting top talent for your small business is difficult because you have no branding at the start. Some people grow up thinking about working for global corporations because they have an expectation of how it would be to work for them, either due to a positive company culture, the impact they have on the world, or both. To get people to want to work for you, your business must have that same appeal. Develop a strong brand from the start and you'll make things easier for yourself.

2. Challenge Them

To get the best people, you have to offer the best projects. Top talent generally doesn't want to waste their time on something that bores them. Give them interesting projects, stimulate their minds and imagination, and they'll come in through the door.

3. Create a Small Business with Intent

Just making a small business to make money isn't enough, though it's a good start. You must have a greater goal in mind. You must have a vision. It's that vision that will drive people with passion to work for you. You must also learn how to present that vision and mission to people in the best possible way.

4. Go Out and Meet People Constantly

When you're looking to hire more people, the best thing to do is keep meeting new people. Go out to events and meet-ups and networking conferences and talk to people. Not only will you meet more potential employees, you'll also get to develop your brand and talk to potential partners and investors.

5. Look to Your Community

There's nothing like a consumer when it comes to criticism. No one is more critical than someone who bought your offering. Chances are, parts of your community are skilled workers. Why not hire them? They're already invested in your product, making them great potential hires. In some instances, such as positions for your sales force, their eagerness can make up for their lack of initial skill.

6. Look to Other Parts of the Globe

Your small business may have limited capital and reach, but the Internet has made it easier to find remote workers than ever before. While you won't have the comfort and intimacy of face-to-face interaction, they can give your small business skills you can't find locally. It can also end up being cheaper, especially if you just need them for specific tasks.

7. Create a Positive Workplace

A great workplace environment doesn't just help you keep employees, it'll help you get them. "When they first walk into your office for their interview, they should be met with smiling faces and people who are genuinely enjoying their work," stated Robb Misso. Nothing pushes away top talent like anger, frustration, and a general feeling of negativity. Developing a positive workplace is about having the right company culture, as well as having a comfortable physical space that people won't mind spending long hours in.

Hiring top talent for your small business is no easy task, but it's not impossible either. You just have to do it mindfully. You can't just send out fliers and expect great people to walk in. Develop your brand and your company culture from the start. Meet as many people as possible to expand your fishing waters. It's time-consuming, but consider it an investment in your small business's future.

About Robb Misso:

Robb Misso founded Dynamic Manufacturing Solutions in order to go about manufacturing differently. For 25 years, he has worked tirelessly to create a positive work culture and empower skilled workers both inside and outside the office. Robb Misso is also the recipient of Austin's "Recognize Good Award," which honors community-minded individuals for local charity work.

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