Johnson Cook

Atlanta tech investor. Entrepreneur.

Johnson Cook - Atlanta tech investor. Entrepreneur.

Handling Defeat


Climbing Around DefeatA reasonable person knows that defeats are unavoidable when pursuing any plan for greatness.

Plans don’t always work.  Setting your own expectations around this fact is a critical way to manage personal energy.

I’m not one to handle defeat well. Losing. Setbacks. Challenges. In my life, I’m not patient with losing.   However, with this way of looking at things I find a lot more freedom and Peace with small and even large defeats.   They are going to happen.

The beauty is that if you’re an entrepreneur you get joy in creating. Small defeats that cause stuckness only require you to create a new plan. Create a way around your problem.    Defeats are also where learning happens. We all know that we learn more from our screw-ups than our successes, so be proud when you find one of these learning opportunities. Embrace it, learn from it, and take energy from it to power back up.

Again it’s not if, but when. And it’s not how to avoid it, it’s how to learn from it. But most importantly, it’s how you let it affect your energy, your drive, your inspiration, your fire. Make sure it feeds it. Otherwise it’s not a real fire.



  • TREEtopper says:

    Great post. If we’re not failing every now and then, we’re not trying hard enough. The fire is what keeps these defeats from feeling like big L’s. We get back up, keep trucking and are better prepared to find a big Win.

    August 22, 2012 at 1:11 pm
    • Johnson Cook says:

      Haha, Big L’s. A-men brother!

      August 27, 2012 at 10:09 am

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