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If You Really Want to Succeed, You’ve Got to Fail

In 2015, I was already contemplating walking the Camino de Santiago in a future year, I decided that I would walk the entire length of the C&O Canal.

I took a train to Cumberland, Maryland, and set out to walk 184.5 miles. My goal was to do it in 9 days…

After 4 days, my feet hurt so much that I could not go on.

I had made it a public proclamation and at the time, it felt like a failure.

As time drew closer for my Camino, all of those fears and doubts crept into my mind. I spent months preparing, changing shoes, and testing different socks.

I had done all of the preparation, but there was still a fear that I may fail again once I started my walk across the Camino.

Only this time, I was successful in completing my journey. I credit much of that success to my failure the first time, and I wouldn’t call it a failure. I call it a setback.

You have not failed until you quit trying. Learn from your experiences and allow your setbacks to propel you forward on your next journey!

Have you had a setback that set you up for success?

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Gordon J. Bernhardt

Gordon J Bernhardt

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President and founder of Bernhardt Wealth Management and author of Profiles in Success: Inspiration from Executive Leaders in the Washington D.C. Area. Gordon provides financial planning and wealth management services to affluent individuals, families and business owners throughout the Washington, DC area. Since establishing his firm in 1994, he and his team have been focused on providing high quality service and independent financial advice to help clients make informed decisions about their money.