Fail Forward and Other Lessons in Entrepreneurialism

Recently, I was interviewed by two different ambitious Millennials on the topic of entrepreneurial success. It’s a huge honor to be interviewed, to have the chance to talk about yourself for a few minutes – but really, the “about yourself” part is far from the point. For an interview to work, it has to be all about the advice a reader or viewer can glean from it.

In other words, egos need not apply. True stories of successes, failures, and lessons learned with each: that’s the point of an interview, especially when the audience is present or future entrepreneurs looking for ways to avoid some of the landmines we all know are out there as we build any company.

I thought for this week’s episode of Switch and Shift TV, we’d turn the interviewing tables for a change and you could hear a bit about me, your host. Most important (besides “Looks like Ted might want to cut back on the caffeine!”), I want to draw your attention to my many false starts and failures, which I discuss in the show with Josh Bauerle on his weekly show. There is no more important piece of advice that I can give than, “If you want to make it as a business founder, you’ve got to embrace failure, learn from it, and try again. And again. And… yes… again.”

I hope you enjoy the show, and also I hope you admire what Josh is doing to build his own brand by hosting these interviews – it’s brilliant!

After the show, if you haven’t overdosed on me already, I hope you check out this new blog from Natalie Deniz. She too is learning – and providing value to her readers – by interviewing. She asks some atypical questions, which made for a much better interview for me and, I believe, much better reading for you.


Don’t forget to check out last week’s episode with the brilliant Gary Vaynerchuck!

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Ted Coiné is a Forbes Top 10 Social Media Power Influencer and an Inc. Top 100 Leadership and Management Expert. This stance at the crossroads of social and leadership put him in a unique perspective to identify the demise of Industrial Age management and the birth of the Social Age. The result, after five years of trend watching, interviewing and intensive research, is his latest book, A World Gone Social: How Companies Must Adapt to Survive, which he co-authored with Mark Babbitt. An inspirational speaker and popular blogger, Ted is a pioneer of the Human Side of Business (#humanbiz) movement. He is also a serial business founder and three-time CEO. When not speaking at conferences and corporate functions, Ted advises CEOs on how to become Truly Social Leaders, or “Blue Unicorns” as they put it in A World Gone Social, in order to bring their companies into the Social Age. Ted’s advice: “Change is only scary if it’s happening to you. Instead, bring the change your competitors dread. That is something only a Social Age business leader can accomplish.”

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