Originals are allowed to fail

Recently I watched a TedTalk from Adam Grant about “The surprising habits of original thinkers”.

Some interesting conclusions are:

“To be original, you don´t need to be first, you just need to be different and better”

“You need a lot of bad ideas in order to get a few good ones”


“The greatest originals are the ones who fail the most because they’re the ones who try the most”

Complete talk here:

Well, while listening to the talk, I somehow connected to an article I recently wrote  on RMS about a startup called Celebreak – https://rhein-main-startups.com/2017/08/10/celebreak-your-new-football-lifestyle-brand/

During the preparation of the article, I got to know Daniel Foth, one of the CEOs, and the story was particularly resembling some of the quotes and ideas that Adam shared.

Let´s  go: “Even as a kid, Daniel was demanding the ball at his feet but his career didn’t start particularly well after beating 4 players and smashing the ball in the goal…just the wrong one. Things went better afterward, as he starred in the highest youth football divisions for Darmstadt 98 and FSV Frankfurt. It wasn’t quite enough to become a professional player, however, of course, he had the usual excuses and blamed his studies and love of partying with friends.” Was Daniel a failure? Wait for the rest of the story.

After completing his Economic studies Daniel went to work for Lufthansa and together with some friends he founded a Lufthansa Football Club and organized the the World Aviation Football Cup, which attracted 32 teams from around the world. Organizing events that combine football and nightlife became his new passion and in order to push it to a higher

Organizing events that combine football and nightlife became his new passion and in order to push it to a higher level, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid had to be contacted.  Therefore, he moved then to Barcelona to complete an Executive MBA at the ESADE Business School, where he further developed the idea for CeleBreak and made his passion for football also his job and life.

The results are there. Celebreak is growing. Daniel has established a lot of successful partnerships and he does what he loves the most every day.

As Michael Jordan said once: “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

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