I've seen a few posts on here recently about how coming to IH can be depressing as everyone is posting success stories (personally I don't agree with that as I've seen a fair few stories of woe lol).
There was another post I saw today celebrating our biggest fuckup which I thought was great, although I have had so many I couldn't pick just one.
So what dawned on me, was that I have achieved a good position in life. However it hasn't been off the back of success after success after success. No. It's been off the back of failure after failure after failure.
I'll try to be brief.
In 2002 I started a band. Lots of people start bands but this band worked. We attained a level of success where gave up our jobs, got a deal and were able to tour internationally. I even filmed a 2 music videos in Hollywood, which is a big deal as I'm from Scotland.
On the surface that sounds cool but it ultimately fizzled out in 2010 or thereabouts and during that time I could have made more money by stacking shelves in a supermarket. I consider that period a huge failure and a waste of time.
After that I fumbled around for a few years building websites freelance style. Nothing of any note happened during this period. I made very little money and enhanced my career in no way at all.
A combination of the freelance work and my connections from my time in the music industry led me into a founding team (I wasn't a "founder" but I was on the founding team) which went on to raise over £25million in investment and start a music industry / tech startup. That plodded along for 4 years or so. It never really worked but we used our runway and got 4 years out if it. Then - that failed too. Around about 2016-ish
Whilst at that startup I met a guy at a conference who called me as soon as news got out about the startup going under. He hired me instantly into his company; a multi billion pounds per year enterprise corporation. I'm still there today and I have a great lifestyle because of that place. I love it. It also allows me to self fund my projects, like SongBox and GetFed
So I guess what I'm saying is... failure rocks! It may suck at the time but it's entirely likely that you learned something, or made connections in the process that will make the next thing you do, even better.