You can add Napoleon Hill and Tony Robbins to the cast of characters, too.
I actually attended a Zig Ziglar seminar about 25 years ago...talk about a dynamo!
As has been said above...the show/sale was not a failure, it was a learning experience!
On a personal note...I had gone to a professional photography school in Sacramento back in 1980 where, among other things, I was introduced to the writings of Napoleon Hill. Hill had literally changed my life. I had visions of being a professional freelance photographer. I was a great photographer but a lousy salesman. The country was in a recession and few people were buying photo services. At least that was the way it seemed to me, and I went nowhere in the photo business.
My wife, meanwhile, had a successful housecleaning business that she and a girlfriend had started a few years prior to my photo endeavor. Since I wasn't doing much in photography, she asked me if I would do some minor repairs at a house she was working in. I did...and that was the start of a small handyman business. Over the years I applied the principles touted by Napoleon Hill in his books, "Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude" and "Think and Grow Rich". After 10 years as a handyman I had to get my General Contractor license since my jobs were getting bigger and out of the range of legal handyman work. My success was tremendous and I had developed my sales skills to the point where I could go in to give an estimate to replace a kitchen faucet and come away with a full kitchen remodel job.
I've been retired from the remodeling business for 1 1/2 years and loving the opportunity to be a farmer, photographer, and potter. I currently have plans to sell my pottery at my vegetable stand.
My point here is that if you look at each "failure" as a learning experience and take what you've learned to heart, you will go far!
To paraphrase what Mr. Hill says in his books, "Opportunity is knocking all the time, you just have to learn when to open the door!"
Good luck with your future endeavors!
- Mark (Marko) Madrazo likes this