Was reading an interview with Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk and he mentioned this about Brad Pitt:
“Brad Pitt had made some movies he wasn’t particularly happy with – one was Meet Joe Black – and he said every movie is the antidote to the one you just made; that the real blessing of failure is that it is the only thing that gives you the isolation and time to reinvent yourself. If you’re moving from success to success, you don’t have that daydreaming period that will allow you to come up with something new and unique.”
That parallels my experience. Failure is never fun. I have been fired before. I have had companies fail. I have had investments fail, losing millions. But after failure, a weird thing happens: space opens up. You are free of the responsibilities to make your last thing “successful” and have the open space to daydream and create. Remember this: failure opens up space.