Green Monday founder David Yeung believes failure is a very useful and positive thing. He experienced failures and setbacks with the first company he founded yet he didn’t let it discourage him.

“Failure isn’t in my vocabulary, because to me it’s just data. It’s very valuable data that tells you, ‘hey this path isn’t working, try another path.’ It’s a very useful and positive thing.”

At the beginning it is tough to embrace because no one likes failure. As time goes by though, you can start to see the benefits when you use what you learned to help solve a new issue – it helps you solve problems quicker and efficiently because the experience is there. That piece of data fits into the new puzzle.

Whenever failure does occur, it’s just a sign that the timing isn’t right and it’s worth trying another time.

It doesn’t mean you are a “failure.”

“Failing at a thing and failing as a person are absolutely not the same thing.”

Catch the full conversation with David Yeung here

David Yeung is a noted environmental advocate and founder of Green Monday, an innovative social venture that takes on on climate change, food insecurity, health issues and animal welfare with a diverse platform that shifts individuals, communities, and corporations towards sustainable, healthy, and mindful living.