Failure is Neither Bad Nor Good

I’m failing, floundering, becoming discouraged and I’m ready to give up. But I don’t.

What makes a person continue in spite of the odds, through setback after setback? Is it stupidity, passion, drive? Yup.

So many things that have become wildly successful have been called stupid. Everyone loves to make fun of the Snuggie The Snuggiebut I’d love to have that kind of revenue. Ted Turner was laughed at when he started CNN or as his detractors called it, The Chicken Noodle Network, but it was the first of its kind and pioneered an industry.

Passion can carry you far because passion is the fuel that keeps us going in spite of the obstacles. I believe in What Next, that the concept will inspire others to pursue their dreams. I’m willing to expend the effort to spread the word and share my message, even if I think no one is listening.

Drive is the product of inspiration and motivation. To succeed one must be driven to push past the failure. Achievement is the net value of all your successes and failures, if it’s positive you’ve won, and if it’s negative you’ve grown, learned from the experience. Failure is neither good nor bad, it’s what you get out of it that matters. Which is why you should never be afraid to fail; unwilling to fail, averse to failure, yes, but not afraid to fail.

My curiosity, and the massive amount of time I spend online, led to the discovery of The Failure Club. That doesn’t sound like a club I’d like to join but the fact is that I’m already a member and will earn my membership many more times. The concept of the failure club is to push yourself even though you know that the chances of success are slim, that you will probably fail. Failure Club is the expression “It is better to have tried and failed than to never have tried” put into practice.

I don’t watch much television but this is a web program I’m going to watch from beginning to end.

Are you willing to step out on the stage of life and declare that you believe in something so much that you are willing to fail? Then do it! Share your what next with us. Say it out loud and take action. Do not be afraid to fail because if you let your fear win, you’ve already failed.

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Action and Reaction


Early in our school lives we all learn about Issac Newton and his apple mishap that led to his theory of gravity. Well Newton also had some laws of motion and his third law of motion loosely states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Welcome to world of consequences. For every choice you make there is a choice (or several) that you did not make and every decision leads to a result, good or bad.

Consequences start at a young age. Things you have control over but often don’t have the maturity to appreciate, like the importance of good grades, for example. Once we move on to the next level in life we choose our major in college or career in life, and we would do well to choose wisely. How many people are willing to go into debt for an education that may not provide the means to easily pay back that debt? That one decision will have ripple effects throughout life.

How many people delay investing in their retirement accounts early in their working lives because they think they can’t afford it, because it will negatively affect their lifestyle? The fact is that their lifestyle will be much more adversely affected in old age if they wait too long. It’s not that they can’t afford it now, it’s that they won’t be able to afford it later.

Taking a What Next approach to decision making is to weigh as many options as feasible, and to choose carefully. Asking What Next means you have a long term outlook and understand the ramifications decisions have. In financial planning terms that means understanding the future value of a decision. Put simply, the future value of a dollar invested today at 10% interest is $1.10 one year later. The future value of not going into debt to fund your education is the ability to start saving earlier and building your retirement nest egg sooner.

I don’t have children but I think I might have spent more time talking about the consequences of that decision with Julie, than most people who do have children. I’m not sure I can think of a weightier decision than the choice to have children and yet I wonder how many people treat it with the reverence it deserves.

The everyday choices we face today will affect the life we have later. Buying a house, a car, toys, taking lavish vacations, all diminish your ability to save for the future. Whether you stay in your home for a long time or move frequently, whether you buy a new car every couple of years or hang onto it for a decade, will determine your level of success. It is a balance between now and then.

The question for you is, are you well balanced? (I know what some people say about me – so let the jokes begin) Do you have a long term outlook on life? Are you confident that your choices today will still look correct a year or five years from now?

Share some examples of long term decisions that have paid off for you and some that didn’t.

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Don’t Buy My Book – Yet

It’s official Feb 29 and March 1 download for FREE!


That’s right – your read the title of this post correctly. I’m asking you not to buy my book.

Why would I do that, you ask? Because I like you and I know something you don’t.

For two days beginning Wednesday February 29, 2012 through Thursday March 1, 2012, I will offer What Next A Proactive Approach to Success free as an e-book. If you have a Kindle e-reader or the Kindle app on iPad or iPhone you can go to the Amazon page for What Next and download it for free! Yours to keep forever.

If you want a physical copy of the book I’ve also lowered the price on my website to just $8.00 plus shipping. Click here to buy the physical book.

I encourage you to share this post with anyone you think would be interested. Below is a synopsis of What Next.



What Next A Proactive Approach to Success

Have you ever wondered what makes some people so much more successful than others, than you? The answer is fairly basic and simple – they are curious, adventurous, and unsatisfied with the status quo. Put simply, successful people ask a very basic question – what next.

Successful people view life as an adventure and look for ways to keep the adventure going. As one goal is achieved they move on quickly already having identified their next goal because they are constantly searching for new challenges, new adventures – what next.

Through examples of very successful and famous people as well as ordinary people who have achieved  success, What Next A Proactive Approach to Success provides a framework for you to seek out new challenges, to be opportunistic, rather than waiting for opportunities to come to you.

 “What Next” is a proactive approach to success. Asking what next and answering it with action is the only sure path to your dreams and desires. There are no secrets or steps to success without hard work. There is no progress without movement.

If you never ask the question – What next – the answer will always be the same – nothing.

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When Your and You’re Are The Same

The proper use of your and you’re shouldn’t be that hard but I see mistakes all the time. Mixing these two words is a common pet peeve of writers and anyone who speaks English. So the title of this blog is enough to send school teachers, librarians, and writers into a tizzy. But I can explain!

My goal with this blog, with my book, is to get people to think about the future, to prepare for any possibility, and to find what truly excites them. Asking what next and working toward that goal is the path to success. But what is your goal?

Whatever it is, it’s your goal, you own it, and I want you to share it with me and with the world. In this section I will feature profiles of people who have asked what next and answered it with all the enthusiasm they could muster. If you are someone like that then you are what next or using the contraction, YOU’RE what next.

Go to the page Share Your What Next With The World and tell me, and everyone, about it!

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