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I believe that sharing your moments of failure is the most powerful thing in the world — and I am not afraid to share this with you.
In March 2011, I applied for a job at Uber, and I created a presentation with my application to differentiate myself from every other candidate.
At that time, Uber had just 10 employees and was renting two desks at Rocketspace, a shared office in San Francisco.
I was working on my own startup idea at Rocketspace, and I sat next to the Uber team every day.
I remember how much their work ethic impressed me. I knew their team would build one of the most important companies in the world.
Uber is now an $18 billion company and has 1000+ employees throughout the world.
I created this presentation when Uber was operating only in San Francisco and I imagined what a potential expansion to Los Angeles might look like.
I worked on the proposal for two weeks and worked up the courage to email the Uber founders directly.
I never heard back.
A week after failing to secure a position at Uber, I accepted a job at Zaarly, and embarked on the most incredible adventure of my life.
I met the most amazing people in the world, lived in 10 apartments in 2 years, and traveled the country.
The company is not yet worth $18 billion dollars, but I loved every single minute — and I would trade that experience for anything in the world.
What have you failed at in your life?
Share those moments with the world and be proud that you are now a better version of yourself.
Failure is a beautiful thing — and you should never hide from it.
No regrets. Never ever.
-Jeff Morris Jr.
Note: This author is still a loyal Uber customer and is great friends with several members of their team.
He is also working building his own startup and promises to share his failures along the way. Hopefully he can share a few victories too ☺