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There’s more to just being successful.

It’s all about your path to success.

Along that path, the majority of us will experience failure leading to self-doubt, fear of judgment or a wariness for the future.

Stop gathering more info and start acting on what you already have.

It’s simple:
• Do
• Learn
• Refine
• Repeat

Look at these 10 noteworthy failures that ultimately resulted in victory due to perseverance, resilience, and iterative learning.

1. Albert Einstein was rejected by many universities and expelled from his first school.

2. Oprah Winfrey was fired from her first job as a TV news anchor.

3. Walt Disney was fired from a newspaper because he lacked creativity.

4. J.K. Rowling was rejected 12 times before the first Harry Potter book was published.

5. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team.

6. The Wright brothers were told that it was impossible to create a flying machine by the experts of the day.

7. Thomas Edison tested thousands of materials before creating the light bulb.

8. Sara Blakely was denied numerous times from manufacturers and retailers while on the path to establishing Spanx.

9. Henry Ford went bankrupt prior to creating the Ford Motor Company.

10. Mark Cuban had many business failures before becoming a billionaire.

Failure serves as a powerful teacher, offering insights, resilience, and the opportunity for growth.

Growth—personal, professional, and organizational—springs from the soil of our experiences, especially our failures. It’s the journey and the iterative process of doing the work that cultivates wisdom.

When we stumble, we’re presented with a unique opportunity to:
• Do
• Learn
• Refine
• Repeat

At VERVE, our culture is built around the daily practice of learning from our actions. Rather than point fingers when things go awry, we embrace each moment as a learning opportunity.

We’re outpacing our competition, because we have built (and are continually tweaking) the best underwriting and claims system and tools to deliver outsized returns to our partners.

We iterate every day, transforming our biggest challenges into our most profound growth opportunities.

Whether we succeed or falter, the sun will rise the next day.

The real question lies in our response:

What did we learn? And what will we do next?

How have you failed, and turned it around? 

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