Today is the Boston Marathon. It’s the oldest continuing running marathon that attracts international elite athletes to compete in running 26.2 miles. Due to its competitive entry requirements, the field is limited to 30,000 entrants of which 80% must beat a qualifying time at another marathon in their age category. It’s not for the faint-hearted but for goal-driven, competitive personalities.
Drawing on decades of research, noted social scientist and author Brené Brown advocates that the path to success lies in the ability of individuals to experience failure along the way.
Many successful entrepreneurs support this theory. Consider Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin empire, who started several businesses that have fallen completely flat such as Virgin Cola and Virgin Brides.