109 episodes

Failure is only negative if you don’t learn from it
Fail Forward is the weekly podcast hosted by entrepreneur and family man Henri Ghijben. In each episode you’ll hear from Henri and guests as they share real-life experiences of positives born from failure, reflections on the lessons learned from ‘losing it all, and what fuels Henri’s desire to help others overcome personal and business challenges in order to create the lives they want to live.

Who is Henri Ghijben?

Growing up in Bury St Edmunds, Henri’s first memorable experience of failure left him with the lasting ability to never get lost. It proved to be the first of many times Henri would fail forward. But it wasn’t until he faced losing his home, business and possibly even his family, that he realised the truth.

Failure is only negative if you don’t learn from it.

Against the odds, Henri has rebuilt from rock bottom. He’s now on a mission to help others avoid making the same mistakes he did, to help those facing failure see that there is a way back and that by failing forward they can enjoy success again.

Ever thankful for the love and support of his family, the loyalty of his team and the help of business owners who helped him when the chips were down, Henri now lives in Southampton where he runs HRG Tree Surgeons, has growing property management and investment businesses and runs mentoring programmes for business owners, entrepreneurs and directors who are on their own growth journeys.

Fail Forward Henri Ghijben

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    • 5.0 • 139 Ratings

Failure is only negative if you don’t learn from it
Fail Forward is the weekly podcast hosted by entrepreneur and family man Henri Ghijben. In each episode you’ll hear from Henri and guests as they share real-life experiences of positives born from failure, reflections on the lessons learned from ‘losing it all, and what fuels Henri’s desire to help others overcome personal and business challenges in order to create the lives they want to live.

Who is Henri Ghijben?

Growing up in Bury St Edmunds, Henri’s first memorable experience of failure left him with the lasting ability to never get lost. It proved to be the first of many times Henri would fail forward. But it wasn’t until he faced losing his home, business and possibly even his family, that he realised the truth.

Failure is only negative if you don’t learn from it.

Against the odds, Henri has rebuilt from rock bottom. He’s now on a mission to help others avoid making the same mistakes he did, to help those facing failure see that there is a way back and that by failing forward they can enjoy success again.

Ever thankful for the love and support of his family, the loyalty of his team and the help of business owners who helped him when the chips were down, Henri now lives in Southampton where he runs HRG Tree Surgeons, has growing property management and investment businesses and runs mentoring programmes for business owners, entrepreneurs and directors who are on their own growth journeys.

    108 Number 1 skill every business needs

    108 Number 1 skill every business needs

    Sales!
    It’s the one thing people fear the most. 
    In Episode 108 of the Fail Forward Podcast, I tackle the essential skill that every business must master: sales. It’s all about output, the more you do the more you will create.
    I draw the distinction that marketing is NOT sales. Marketing lays the groundwork by attracting prospects, but sales close the deals and drive revenue.
    We’ve all experienced the clucky salesman who is trying to sell you something you don’t want or need. The first thing to get across is we are not like those sales people! We need to respect each other’s space and time. 
    Stop beating around the bush - people hate small talk!
    Stop thinking you are taking up their time, you need to believe that you are going to help your customer and provide value for the problem they face.
    Tune in now and start mastering the art of sales!
    If you’re enjoying the Fail Forward podcasts, follow me on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok or LinkedIn for all the latest on my mission to help business owners Fail Forward. 
     
    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/failforwardhenri
    LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/henri-ghijben-539132101/
    TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@failforward12
    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/henrighijben/

    • 8 min
    107 My advice on avoiding burnout

    107 My advice on avoiding burnout

    In this episode I talk about burnout - how it affects us and our business.
    Working with 43 business owners in the tree surgery mastermind I now deal with so many who are in burnout. 
    But what is burnout?
    It’s when you put all your effort into your life and your business and you end up frazzled, overwhelmed, left with no energy, you feel numb and neutral about everything. It’s awful.
    So how can we avoid it when we are always on the go?
    Having gone through 3 of the toughest months since returning to work after my stroke, I share 8 tips with you in this episode. These are the things that I swear by and am currently doing myself. 
    Whether you're currently experiencing burnout or seeking proactive measures, this episode offers valuable insights and actionable advice that will help restore balance.
    Take a listen and as always, I’d love to hear what you think!
    If you’re enjoying the Fail Forward podcasts, follow me on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok or LinkedIn for all the latest on my mission to help business owners Fail Forward. 
     
    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/failforwardhenri
    LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/henri-ghijben-539132101/
    TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@failforward12
    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/henrighijben/

    • 14 min
    106 Interview: Natasha Britton

    106 Interview: Natasha Britton

    Episode 106 of the Fail Forward podcast is out now! Click the link in my bio to tune in today!
    In this episode of Fail Forward, I’m joined by Natasha Britton, a former beauty industry expert turned successful business coach. Natasha shares her journey of turning a passion into profit, overcoming obstacles and finding success in unexpected places.
    Natasha's story begins with her childhood dream of owning a salon, despite facing skepticism and becoming a mum at 17 she persevered. In 2013, she partnered with an investor turned business partner, and together they founded their first company. 
    However, Natasha encountered numerous obstacles along the way, from struggling to attract clients to accruing significant debt. Despite setbacks, she persisted, investing in marketing strategies and mentorship programmes to move her business towards success.
    A pivotal moment came when Natasha separated from her business partner, allowing her to redefine her business model. With renewed focus and determination, Natasha doubled her sales almost overnight. He entrepreneur spirit continued in lockdown, with the salon forced to close, she turned her mindset to setting up an online coaching business helping other salon owners.
    Natasha imparts invaluable advice on mindset, prioritising high value activities, strategic planning, streamlining systems and tracking performance. Through her coaching program, she now empowers all sorts of service based business owners to achieve financial freedom.
    Natasha's journey serves as a testament to resilience, adaptability, and the power of embracing failure as a stepping stone to success. Tune in to Fail Forward and learn how to turn your passion into profit with Natasha Britton!
    You can find out more about Natasha on her Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/natbritton

    • 35 min
    105 Interview: Andy Taylor

    105 Interview: Andy Taylor

    In this episode, I interview Andy Taylor, who shares his journey from partnering with his dad’s fencing business to selling it for seven figures, and then setting up other businesses, offering valuable insights along the way. Andy's entry into a family business marked the beginning of relationship dynamics and growth hurdles.
    He emphasises the importance of maintaining a balance between familial trust and professional conduct. Scaling the business posed challenges in establishing efficient systems and processes. However, personal growth emerged as a cornerstone of Andy's journey, with a focus on continuous self improvement through meditation and exercise. He candidly shares his struggle with negative self talk and depression, highlighting the power of seeking support and being open.
    Eventually, the process of selling the business proved to be a difficult and stressful experience for Andy. It didn’t go to plan, and in the essence of the podcast Andy learnt from these mistakes and has now set up a training school to help others who are embarking on selling a business.
    Find Andy on Facebook - Andrew Paul William Taylor.

    • 47 min
    104 I am a self-confessed glory hunter

    104 I am a self-confessed glory hunter

    Hot off the press – Dave Brailsford joins Manchester United. Fear not, you're still in the right podcast! Dave Brailsford, the mastermind behind Team Sky, transformed our nation from one of the worst cycling nations to one of the best.
     
    His secret? Marginal gains. Dave's mission was simple: improve each aspect of the process by 1%. Bike frame, wheels, brakes, rider, sleep, food, clothes—nothing escaped scrutiny. And it worked, creating a powerful momentum.
     
    This philosophy is crucial for anyone in their job, business, or day-to-day life. When striving for improvement, break it down. Big problems can be overwhelming, leading to procrastination and inaction. Break it into sections, focus on small improvements, and watch the compound effect take hold.
     
    What marginal gains could transform your business? I'm eager to hear your thoughts.
     
    All the best,
    Henri
    #MarginalGains #NeverGiveUp #Entrepreneur
     

    • 5 min
    103 Don't waste your energy blaming something

    103 Don't waste your energy blaming something

    How much time do you lose blaming others or getting angry?
     
    I used to get so angry when things would go wrong. I’d get home and rant at my poor wife Sarah. It was all such a big drama! I wasted SO much energy all the time.
     
    This episode is about being accountable. I am where I am today because of my own actions and things that I have done. As soon as I stopped blaming other people and looked within and said, “what do I need to do?” things changed.
     
    It’s about putting your ego aside. We waste so much energy getting angry over things we have no control over. 
     
    Work on yourself, what do you need to do?
     
    Stop wasting time. Focus that energy on how to build yourself and your business. We have such a limited amount every day, use it towards something worthwhile. Anger is actually a great emotion when it can be channelled to your advantage.
     
    But as always, what do you think?
    All the best, 
    Henri
     
    #Anger #NeverGiveUp #Entrepreneur #BlameGame

    • 6 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
139 Ratings

139 Ratings

Craig 'Beattrix' Barnes ,

Honest, valuable content by Henri.

Henri gives a great insight to the ‘failures’ he has faced and how he has turned them from a negative into a positive, helping him bounce back and move forward. Through the lessons he’s taken from his setbacks, he has accelerated his entrepreneurial journey to running multiple successful businesses, mentoring others through their journey and creating a mastermind to continue providing and receiving valuable knowledge to and from others.

He bravely allows himself to be vulnerable in talking about his lowest moments in a bid to show others that life can turn around for the better with the right mindset.

I am and will continue to thoroughly enjoy his content and highly recommend you listen in too.

andree26378 ,

Fail Forward

A good and honest account of someone failing and picking themselves back up again. I look forward to seeing what this channel does in the future

IIIRenec ,

Love it

I really enjoyed the podcast and learning how to fail forward is really interesting. Removing the stigma of failure.

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