I met a woman recently who followed her dream of opening a salon, but unfortunately it didn’t work out. She now thinks that because she failed at her first business venture she doesn’t have the qualifications to teach other women how to build a business. What she doesn’t realize is that because of her failure she actually is one of the most qualified people to teach on this subject. The most valuable information you can give someone starting a new venture is WHAT NOT TO DO and what to watch out for. All of us want to avoid failure if we can, and we’d rather learn from someone else’s mistakes than to make our own. So if you know what not to do, then perhaps you know what TO do.

Now take that experience and begin to teach others what you’ve learned. Help them avoid your costly, regrettable mistakes. You’re way more valuable when you help your audience steer clear of potential pitfalls than you are when you just show them your success. 

 Failure is not the opposite of success, it’s a part of success. 

We are all in need of guidance and mentorship. Thus, there will always be a teacher and a student. Be bold enough to assume the role of teacher. You don’t have to be perfect or have it all figured out before you share your wisdom with the world. Yes, there will be people who question your authority and credibility to teach, but don’t pay those people any mind. Remember: The critics don’t count.

Be confident in your experience. You know what you know. Start providing practical, helpful applicable advice and soon you’ll have plenty of students learning from you.   

“When you learn, teach.”