Our greatest lessons come from studying our own history.  One year ago today, I launched this blog for exactly that reason. My life, my failures, my successes, my heartaches and my triumphs are all a part of my learning. And I get to share them all with you.

The great thing about present failure is that it leads to future success. (Click to Tweet)

I’ve since learned that my declaration that “I am a failure,” made in that maiden post was wrong. I am not, nor will I ever be a failure. But my life is full of failings. And the great thing about present failure is that it leads to future success.

If you’re new here, this is how it started. This is what my blog is all about:

Beginnings (Or…The Declarations of a Failure)

I am a failure.

And I am not ashamed or discouraged by that fact. I recently learned the art of failing forward. I realized that my life is a textbook, a history book of its own. And much like we learn from studying the history of others, our greatest lessons come from studying our own history.

I am a failure in life. Life is a pretty big deal, you know. And I have repeatedly failed at it.

“It” is not so easily defined but when I looked at what defines a life I came up with only three aspects: influence, impact, and integrity.

Do others follow me? Have I led others in the right direction? How have I used my influence?

Have I inspired those around me? Have I left my mark on the world and am I leaving a legacy? Have I made an impact?

Have I remained honest and faithful to my Creator? Have I stayed true to my beliefs? Have I maintained my integrity, come hell or high water?

I am sure there is more to life than those three things, but for me those are the core of my being and the reason for my existence.

Life, Leadership, and Love. Those are my major areas of experience and failure and the focus of this blog.

I have started three businesses of my own, worked for many others, and even been fired by my own father. I have been to the top, to the bottom, and spent countless hours trying to figure how to get to the one and avoid the other. I have held trophies and awards with the same hands that have been handcuffed.

I am a follower of the One who made me and the One who saved me first, a husband to an infinitely patient and faithful wife second, and a father to an adorable daughter third. Beyond that I am a lover of business, marketing, leadership, and learning. I am enamored with the pursuit of personal growth, influencing others, and changing the world. One business, one husband, one father, one leader at a time.

Welcome to a journey of discovery. Of life. Of leadership. Of love. Learned the hard way.

How have you found success in learning from your failures?

0 thoughts on “How it All Began | Failing Forward by Matt McWilliams

  1. Mark Sieverkropp says:

    Matt. Congrats on the year milestone!! I’m glad to say I’ve been reading since that day! I remember when someone on CLo’s blog said you should write a blog and you said to we’re lining things out to do just that!

    Reading your blog has taught me to embrace my failures–as opportunities to learn, grow and redirect. My failures have helped me define what I really want to be doing and how I want to be as a person, husband, father, employee, entrepreneur, etc.

    Thanks for everything, I’m happy to be able to call you a friend!

  2. Jon Stolpe says:

    Congrats on the anniversary!

    Yes, I’ve learned plenty from my failures. A question I ask those I work with: “How could I do this better next time?” This question has propelled my career. Initially, it helped me become a better engineer/designer. Then, it helped me become a better project manager. Now, it helps me to become a better operations manager.

  3. Tom Dixon says:

    Sounds like you have your priorities straight. Have enjoyed being along for the ride!

  4. Steve Pate says:

    Matt Congrats on this great mile stone! I know your passion has blessed my life! Thanks for being you!

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