The First Pancake Rule

If you’ve ever made pancakes, you know the rule: the first pancake always goes to the bin… Or to an impatient, hungry kid hanging around you. Or to a dog ;-)

I have no idea why, but the first pancake never looks good. It’s never round and it’s either burnt or undone.

The really interesting part is how we react to this weird rule of nature: everybody just kind of accepts that in order to make bunch of perfect pancakes, you need to screw the first one up.

With pancakes, we accept failure as an ingredient for success. Yet with businesses, we react opposite: we fear failure so much we don’t even start cooking.

Here is another rule of the nature:

It usually (if not always) takes a few screwed up businesses to launch a successful one. And it takes a few missed attempts to transform a good idea into a successful business. I know that  from personal experience: Cedric and I messed up many business ideas in our early entrepreneur days. Yet all those bad pancakes helped us to grow, improve and get closer to what we were meant to do.

Managing failure and learning from it, rather than falling into despair and giving up, is one of the most crucial skills you can develop. It takes a lot of humility, but it pays off big time.

So whatever you do, keep trying.

You will make that perfect pancake, promise.

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