How I Came Back From Failure!

by Paul Castain on August 5, 2012

This one is personal folks!

It’s the story I like to tell and I don’t like to tell.

I don’t like to tell it because it has to do with a devastating failure I suffered back in 1995 and its not easy writing about it let alone talking about it but . . .

I like to tell it because sooner or later we all have a failure of some sort and we simply don’t know what to do.

Today . . . we’re going there girlfriend!

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  • Thank you; for your honesty, willingness to inspire, telling the story, teaching the rest of us, and making a difference for yourself and family.

    I wish you more of what you wish yourself.

  • Thanks again Paul! I love your blogs and pod casts. From Victor Frankl to the Magic Kingdom – a person’s search for meaning can be the best driver of all. I like what Earnest Holmes said: “Seek to make your work a prayer, your believing an act, and your living an art.”  Artfully done!

  • I love that quote Kristine!

    Thank you for the kind words and sharing your thoughts!

  • Thank you Mazen . . . you are appreciated my friend!

  • Paul Stackpole

    Thanks Paul-
    Guess I’m Lucky Like You- I’m a MSP Rep, growing from 30 years Print and Mail Sales, and finally tasting a little success. But you have to look over your shoulder sometimes when you are running because you can’t take it for granted. Early in my Print Sales life I was fired when I moved from a small printer to a larger printer. Years later I quit a sales job before I was fired. Never quit.

  • Stephen Lahey

    Great personal story and advice, Paul. Finding “The Why” and being a continual student who adapts, applies and experiments w/what you learn is great mindset for anybody who is involved w/sales and marketing. 

  • Thank you Stephen!

    As I did the podcast I realized that we shouldn’t reserve these strategies for those moments when we fail. Perhaps they could be used to no so much keep us from failure but perhaps reduce that probability. 

  • Thank you Paul!

  • Laurinda

    Loved hearing your story – posted it on my business page 

  • Thank you Laurinda!

  • Greg salomon


    Paying it Forward with tips and advice, pays off for our personal reasons, professional reasons and for making a positive impact. As well, In sales, we do have to have both a business “Why” & a personal “Why”to succeed in total. Appreciate the sharing and caring.

  • Paul thanks for the inspiring message. I had a similar experience around the same time after being “downsized” from a sales job. Sometimes you just have to pick yourself up and go on. If you’re lucky you have friends and family to help you get to a better situation. Always remember that you are not the only one to go through hard times. If someone else has survived and prospered after hitting rock bottom, you can too!

  • Well said Jay!

    Thank you!

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