Of course, I am a champion at failing, and I think if you don’t fail, you don’t know how to succeed. I have it here, I actually keep it on my desk: This is a new product that they launched in the year 2003 in France, the first cleaner for floors, Ajax, which has inner freshener in the cap, a revolutionary product in Colgate, everyone was so impressed because of the breakthrough innovation, but after four years, we launched in the test market, and the product failed. The learning was that you need to fight harder, because the very reason that the product failed was other groups boycotting the launch by forcing me to launch with a higher price, cut in the media, different designs… So, fight harder for your ideas and defend them and you know, get stronger facts to convince the skeptical.
Number one, make sure that you join a business that is consistently growing that has a sustainable growth and that is always having big plans because this means that you will be able to grow with the company more and more. Secondly, join a company that treats you as an owner and not just that as a number or an employee, or just as an employee. Join an organization that treats you as an owner and not just a number or not just as a simple employee but rather as a real business partner and as a real contributor to the business growth. And thirdly, what is really important as well is make sure that all the values that you personally have, make sure that they match with the organization that you will be joining.