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When you’re looking for success on eBay – don’t be afraid to fail.

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default,” stated J.K. Rowling in her inspiring Harvard commencement speech.

Failing is an integral part of life. And, not only that. It’s an integral part of business – especially the business of being an entrepreneur.


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“Entrepreneurs who are able to learn from their experiences and move on when something has cratered or isn’t working are going to be much more likely to achieve great things,” says author, Steve Sims.  

Some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs have failed spectacularly. 


  • Henry Ford went broke five times and was advised to stay away from the automobile industry


  • Walt Disney – when looking to finance Walt Disney World – was turned down about 300 times


  • 12 publishers rejected J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter manuscript


  • Five record companies chose not to sign the Beatles


  • After Fred Astaire’s first screen test, the studio report said: “Can’t act. Can’t sing. Slightly bald. Can dance a little.”


When you run an eBay business, failure can feel terrifying. A failure to close sales, to make your monthly goals, or create an eBay template that you love – those failures may feel daunting. Especially because they may compromise your livelihood.

And yet, failure is important.

Failure is one of the building blocks of creating a successful, profitable eBay store.

By failing, you…


  • Gain information on what works and what doesn’t work


  • Discover how to develop solutions to roadblocks


  • Gain resilience, self-confidence, and discipline


Another important note? Failure is inevitable. It comes with the territory when you’re running your own business.

You will fail. Sometimes in small, everyday ways. Sometimes in big, spectacular ways.

“Most every entrepreneur can provide a litany of errors and miscalculations,” says one Forbes article, “failing is just about inevitable, but the most successful entrepreneurs actually benefit from their failures. It is their ability to learn from their mistakes and move forwards that significantly contributes to their professional and financial accomplishments.”

So, the question is not how not to fail – but how to use your failures as stepping stones for success.

Here are three, super important things to remember when you’re honing your failure muscle.


There Are No Wrong Steps, Only Next Steps

Every move you make is progress. Instead of feeling discouraged by choices that don’t yield results, think of them as one step closer to your goals.


Every “No” is One Step Closer to Your Next “Yes”

Instead of thinking of a missed sale or opportunity as a terrible loss, think of those moments as just one no closer to your next yes.


Every Mistake is Worth Its Weight in Gold

Mistakes are valuable. And every failure gives you information on what isn’t working. From that information you can figure out what works best.


Looking for Success on eBay? Celebrate Your Failures.

“The knowledge that you have emerged wiser and stronger from setbacks means that you are, ever after, secure in your ability to survive,” points out J.K. Rowling.

Celebrate your failures. Because it is only through failing that you can become a major success on eBay.

Need a hand securing your success on eBay? Our team is eager to help! Drop us a line at 609-675-0912, or visit us online at OCDesignsOnline. We can’t wait to hear about your goals, listen to your vision, and give you the tools to thrive.

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