I fail for a living. And you'll be amazed at the gems of wisdom I have discovered through my failures.
I grew up in the home of a very successful entrepreneur who taught me to love business and learning. I fiddled with my own businesses, but never became obsessed with them until after serving a two-year mission in Dallas, Texas. It was there that I learned Spanish and worked closely with President Devin Durrant and President Brian Taylor to help lead 200+ missionaries.
When I came home, I worked closely with a co-founder to build a social media app called Topp. He was building the app while I was building a customer-base. Before the app was complete, my co-founder had a personal app take off in the App Store and he decided to stop working on our company. Having no coding knowledge whatsoever, I knew that to be able to have the freedom of creativity that I wanted, I needed to learn how to develop apps myself.
I left Topp and signed up for DevMountain in Dallas, Texas, where I learned web development. Most importantly, I learned how to learn new technologies quickly and effectively. During my time there, I won prizes for each of the apps I was building: one for “Best Overall” and another for “Best Design.”
After returning home, I continued my full-time education at BYU and began building Padstash, a peer-to-peer storage web application. After spending months developing the application, I discovered one important thing: fix problems—don’t make them. Our potential customers loved the site that had been developed, but they didn’t feel that our product truly solved their pain points. Oops.
Since that discovery, I’ve been working to solve problems rather than invent businesses. I’m currently working as a freelancer and as a software engineer at Grow. I hope to apply my lessons learned through failure to help the companies I am involved with succeed.
Here’s to failure 🍹, because it’s necessary for success.