Man, this isn’t what I was planning to write today, but it popped in my head, and I can’t shake it.

I go through seasons of watching a lot of Gary Vaynerchuk videos. I’m listening to his Ask Gary Vee audiobook right now. While there’s plenty he says that I don’t agree with, I kept seeing this phrase pop up in some of his videos:

Do. Fail. Repeat.

I friggin’ LOVE that. Especially after yesterday’s episode of Ask Joe, where I talked about getting fired by a client.

Most people have a major aversion to anything painful or uncomfortable. “Avoid pain. Maximize pleasure.” are words they live by. But is pain such a bad thing? Could you make an argument that pain is a GOOD thing?

And if it’s not a good thing, could you at least make the case that it’s a normal part of everyday life?

The only way to avoid all pain is to avoid all life. Hole up inside an igloo, isolated from world. But that’s not really true, is it?

There’s pain in loneliness, and there’s pain in relationships.

There’s pain in losing, and there’s pain in winning.

There’s pain in doing the wrong thing, and there’s pain in doing the right thing.

There’s pain in being out of shape, and there’s pain in exercise.

There’s pain in being overweight, and there’s pain in sticking to a diet.

Sounds pretty morbid, right? If your life’s goal is to avoid all pain, then yes it is. But if your life’s goal is to LIVE life, then you freely accept the pain with the pleasure.


It’s a package deal.

You cannot have unbelievable success (in business, music, or even relationships) without a big steamy pile of failure and pain.

For every win I’ve had with Home Studio Corner, I’ve had a bunch of failures.

For every great song I’ve written, there’s been an awkward one.

For every mix I’ve CRUSHED, there’s been one I botched.

Sure, you’ll get better, and the wins will start to outweigh the failures, but failures and pain will ALWAYS be a part of your life, as long as you’re alive.

What would it look like if you and I accepted that instead of fought against it? What if we accepted our failures, felt the pain, and then studied them to see what we could learn, what we could do differently? Would that not be an amazing game-changer? I think so.

I know so.

So go DO something.

Go FAIL at something.

Rinse and REPEAT.