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Failure Pays Off

Failure: The other F-word. Inspiring feelings of embarrassment, shame, defeat. Why?!

Roadtrip Nation has interviewed tons of successful people all over the country, and the one thing they all have in common? Every single one of them has failed. (Like…kind of a lot.)

But those same people also told us their bummers, slip-ups, and mistakes ultimately made them who they are. So—inspired by content from our new series, “Venture Forward,” fueled by AT&T—we’ve decided it’s time to start celebrating failure as a key step toward success!

See How These Leaders Reframed Failure
Gary Vaynerchuk
Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker
Stacy Spikes
FOUNDER AND CEO, PRESHOW; CO-FOUNDER, MOVIEPASS
Mama Shu
Founder & CEO, The Avalon Village
Kimberly Bryant
Founder & CEO, Black Girls CODE
Cindy Eckert
Founder & CEO, The Pink Ceiling
Julia Winter
Founder & CEO, Alchemie
Anne Wintroub
Director of Social Innovation, AT&T
Sara Taylor-Demos
Co-founder & CEO, Cara Home
Victor Abundis
Co-founder & COO, Interpreter Tap
Mia Velasquez
Co-founder & CEO, Commit
Megan Smith
3rd Chief Technology Officer of the United States
Clarence Bethea
Founder & CEO, Upsie
Erica Mackey
Co-founder & CEO, MyVillage
Heejae Lim
Founder & Executive Director, TalkingPoints
Blair Pircon
Co-founder & CEO, The Graide Network
Barbara Furlow-Smiles
Global Diversity Program Manager, Facebook
Paola Santana
Founder & CEO, Social Glass
Wanda Sykes
Comedian
John Legend
Singer & Songwriter
Gary Vitti
Head Athletic Trainer, Los Angeles Lakers
Damon Dash
Hip-Hop Mogul, Roc-A-Fella Records
Howie Mandel
Comedian / Television Host
Joe Rogan
Comedian
Christine Simmons
President & COO, Los Angeles Sparks
David Uhr
Regional Corn Breeding Leader, Dow AgroSciences
Julianne Malveaux
President, Bennett College for Women
Elise Benstein
Food Scientist, Jelly Belly Candy Co.
Amie Tornincasa
Senior Technical Program Manager, Netflix
Anthony Veneziale & Christopher Jackson
Creator, Freestyle Love Supreme
Ray Kurzweil
Inventor, Kurzweil Technologies
Peter Hillary
Mountaineer/Public Speaker/Writer
Judith Jamison
Choreographer/Artistic Director, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater
Bonnie Kennedy
Chief Science Officer, Blue Marble Game Company
Srinivas Rao
Founder/Host, The Unmistakable Creative Podcast
Tim Crown
Co-Founder/Chairman of the Board, Insight Enterprises
Kimber Lanning
Founder/Executive Director, Local First Arizona
Jake Bryer
Co-Founder and Artist, Austin Art Garage
Jeffrey Devers
Founder, F.H. Leghorn
Valerie Weiss
Harvard Biochemist & Science Filmmaker, PhD Productions
Melisa Hypolite
College Access Program Specialist, CollegeBound Foundation
Fatimah Asghar
Poet/Performer
Arne Duncan
US Secretary of Education, US Dept of Education
Sabry Tozin
Director of Enterprise Applications, Netflix
Laura I Gomez
Founder, Atipica
Diana Trujillo Pomerantz
Mission Lead, Mars Curiosity, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Deesha Dyer
Co-Founder, beGirl.world
Ben Burtt
Sound Designer, Skywalker Sound
Mansi M. Kasliwal
Assistant Professor of Astronomy & Principal Investigator at GROWTH, California Institute of Technology
E. Lockhart
Author
Nikki Cooley
Co-Executive Director, Fifth World Discoveries
Howard Schultz
Chairman and CEO, Starbucks
Neil Sims
Marine Biologist/Co-Founder, Kampachi Farms, LLC
Santiago Jaramillo
CEO & Co-Founder, Emplify
Drew Ungvarsky
Founder, CEO, and Executive Creative Director, Grow
Pernell Bush
President/CEO, No Limit Health and Education
Michael Dell
Founder/CEO, Dell Computers
Adam Steltzner
Engineer, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Al Merrick
Founder, Channel Island Surfboards
Pat Croce
Entrepreneur/Sports Team Executive/Author
Ross Klein
President, W Hotels
Craig Robinson
Actor/Entertainer
Rahm Emanuel
Mayor, City of Chicago
Omoju Miller
Software Technologist, Google.Org & UC Berkeley
Maj. Cynthia McKenna
C-130J Pilot, United States Air Force
Bhargavi Kola
Pediatric Department Vice-Chair, Medical Center Hospital
Sashee Chandran
Founder & CEO, Tea Drops
Robin Conrad
Choreographer & Dance Lecturer, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
Ricardo Lara
Specialty Engineer, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
Mel Irizarry
Software Engineer, System Administrator, Yuma County Water Users' Association
Catalina Laverde
Backend Software Engineer, Spotify