The secret to growing a small business? Mess up more

We all have that dream of starting a business. But how do you get closer to turning that pipe dream into a pipe bomb that explodes and changes everything in your life for the better? You fail more.

It’s a concept the world’s mot succesful people have lived by.

"It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure."  Bill Gates

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Thomas Edison

“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”
Winston Churchill

I speak to hundreds of small businesses and start-ups each year. Sometimes I’ll hear an idea and think, ‘are they crazy? Never going to work!’ Other times I’ll be speechless, kicking myself for not being smart enough to create an idea so certain to flourish.

the truth is, it doesn’t matter what I think of their business idea. Who are any of us to judge whether an entrepreneur’s idea will work or not? Even the experts get it wrong. Just look at the high number of businesses rejected in the Dragons’ Den only to be huge success anyway. Want examples? There’s the Trunki suitcase, thrown out the den, now sold over 200,000 products, and the Aquatina collapsible bottle, now on sale in retail giant Marks and Spencer.

It’s impossible to be 100% certain about whether a business idea will be bought by a tech giant in a bidding frenzy or shrivel and flop like a soggy biscuit. So ignore the doom sayers who tell you it’s not gong to work. Get out there, try it and it you fail, embrace it.

Of course, don’t bankrupt yourself in the process – but there are heaps of cheap or free ways to launch a business. You can even prove demand before spending a penny by using crowdfunding websites. Now, go make 2014 the year you mess up!

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