You will have times in your life—everyone does—when opportunities present themselves. They come and then they go. They never last. And it usually feels scary when they come, because it’s something new and unchartered. The question for you is: Are you going to seize your opportunities? Are you going to differentiate yourself and take risks? I give myself a lot of credit for being able to find these opportunities and (as you have noticed) I like to call them angles. But the real fact is that everyone sees angles. Just very few have the balls to exploit them.
I guess what I mean to say is that those thirty seconds of awkwardness can pay dividends for life. Stop trying to be so cool, already, and focus on what you can leverage.
I do believe that you learn ten times more from a failure than you do from any success. You can read all day long about what you are supposed to do, how you need to act and react in any hypothetical circumstance, business or otherwise, but until you actually live through that real circumstance, you understand nothing about it.
These days I’m not running scared, I’m just aware. I’m aware that the affiliate space as I knew it is dead. I’m aware that my last crazy scheme is not behind me. I’m aware that tomorrow you can always find yourself bankrupt again and the day after that you could be on the cover of Forbes. I’m also aware that blazing new trails with the likes of Gates and Jobs and Trump often means that you leave your family behind and neglected. I’m mostly aware that I’m smart enough to find another way through where I can have a better quality of life with a company that sustains my inventiveness.
Nothing's Changed But My Change by Jeremy Schoemaker, Kate Sprouse