Fail Detroit: The Inspiration of Failure

By Brandon Helderop on December 18th, 2012 / Comments

Dale Carnegie once said, “Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” Who has experienced more failures than Detroit?

Last May Anthony Montalbano, Will Bosley, and myself, came together to develop a website aimed at promoting the city of Detroit. The only problem? There are several great websites out there already doing that. So we came up with an idea that sounded crazy: a reader-driven online community that focused on peoples’ professional failures and the lessons learned through those stories.  Fail Detroit was born.

Thankfully, we weren’t the only ones that thought Fail Detroit was a good idea. We experienced an exciting response during the first month and, since then, have had inspiring and valuable stories from several respectable Southeast Michigan entrepreneurs and innovators.

Founded on Failure

Fail Detroit was founded on the Detroit mentality, “It’s not how you start, but how you finish.” As proud Detroiters, we believe that the best is right around the corner.

Here is the good news: out of this city’s struggles will come a great victory. That victory is going to be achieved as a result of new ideas and innovations. We are already beginning to see this happen.

Through Fail Detroit, our goal is to nudge readers to innovate, try new ideas and create. The element of failure is always going to be there to some extent. However, we cannot overcome fear from the sidelines. We need everyone to get in the game.

Dan Gilbert recently shared a list titled “27 Things I’ve Learned in 27 Years.” Number ten says this: “Nothing great and long-lasting is built overnight, but you must take the first step now.”

It is going to take all hands on deck to turn Detroit around. Everyone needs to get in the game today. We can start by learning from every mistake and taking the first steps now.

Find inspiration in failure by visiting Fail Detroit.

Photo via Core Detroit.

About the Author

Brandon Helderop

Co-founder of Fail Detroit. Writer. Loves to read, educate and discover new things about Detroit. Also interested in startups and social media. Follow him on Twitter at @B_Helderop.