29 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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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.

    028 You do not have a buiness, you have a job...

    028 You do not have a buiness, you have a job...

    EP28 You don't have a business Welcome to episode 28 of the Fail Forward podcast.
     
    OK - this is going to hurt.
     
    If you can’t take two weeks off, work flexibly in terms or hours or location, or completely switch off from time to time - your business needs to change. 
     
    In fact if your business can’t function without you - you don’t have a business, you have a job!
     
    And it’s probably a very underpaid job as well…
     
    In this episode I unpick what it really means to build a commercial enterprise that works without you, how to balance ‘time in the trenches’ with working on your business, and how my 4 pillars of a successful business can help you.
     
    Join me as we explore the role of coaching and mentoring in helping you transition from successful sole trader to leader of a business that works even when you don’t.  
     
    After all - I’m willing to bet you didn’t start your business to be overworked, underpaid, stressed and anxious!
     
    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. 
     
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    • 8 min
    027 Empathy

    027 Empathy

    EP27 The importance of having empathy Welcome to episode 27 of the Fail Forward podcast.
     
    Do you have empathy for others?
     
    I confess that I haven’t always been the most empathetic person. I may have thought I was, But in reality, it was my wife, Sarah, who really taught me about empathy.
     
    I’d come home in a bad mood, venting about people at work I believed had let me down or done something I considered to be unbelievably stupid. 
    I’d shout in the car when someone cut me up. 
    I’d be offended when someone bumped into me in the street and didn’t apologise. 
     
    The negative energy was high, there was a blame culture going on and my performance was “below the line” (blames, excuses and denial in case you’re wondering!). 
     
    And when Sarah asked me, “have you looked at things from their perspective?” or, “do you know what’s going on for them?” it felt like Sarah was taking their side, which also made me cross. 
     
    She was my wife, why wasn’t she supporting me?
     
    In this episode I reflect on how I learned to have more empathy for people and to see other perspectives. I also share how approaching a problem with empathy and understanding resulted in an unintended huge business win. 
     
    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. 
     
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    • 9 min
    026 Mindset

    026 Mindset

    EP26 Mindset Welcome to episode 26 of the Fail Forward podcast.
     
    I’ve talked before about the importance of mindset and its role in finding your winning formula. Your mindset is arguably the most critical factor in achieving your goals, which means it is vital to understand how to manage your mindset for the best possible outcomes.
     
    Having always considered myself a positive person, I was surprised when a mindset coach quickly picked-up on my subconscious habit of negative self-talk. Once it was pointed out to me, I became proactive about catching myself and changing the habits. Which helped me see that mindset is another muscle we have to exercise regularly. 
     
    In this episode I share some of the mindset tips I’ver learned over the years, the harmful impact of negative self-talk, and reflect on the importance of remembering to work on your mindset in the same way we work on our health and fitness.
     
    Listen now to find out how to distinguish between fixed, negative and growth mindset, the danger of reverting to old habits when times are tough and the link between mindset and mental health. 
     
    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. 
     
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    • 6 min
    025 Interview: Rob Bryer

    025 Interview: Rob Bryer

    EP25 Rob Bryer: The Good Estate Agent Welcome to episode 25 of the Fail Forward podcast. 
     
    In this episode, I’m talking to Rob Bryer, founder of multiple property businesses including The Good Estate Agent. (https://openmoov.co.uk)
     
    Over the course of the next 50 minutes, Rob will take you through the fascinating story of how he went from selling horse manure to a houses, before losing his family home, business and ultimately suffering a personal breakdown. 
     
    Rob’s positive outlook on his business journey gives an inspiring insight into the importance of taking time out, recognising when things need to reset and why he believes contentment can be a dangerous blocker to growth.
     
    During the interview, I explore how Rob recovered from his early failures to create his highly successful estate agency business and property portfolio. Rob shares how a single sentence from his 8 year old son has such an impact that he changed his perspective and it remains, to this day, a lasting reminder of prioritising what’s important in life. 
     
    Throughout this episode, Rob is candid about his own successes and failures, sharing how he has used them to build lean and agile businesses resilient to the ebbs and flows of life and the economy which he is using to help others achieve their business goals.
     
    Rob’s story demonstrates the importance of taking a philosophical view of life’s cycle of ups and downs, learning from every experience and always asking “What’s next” (as well as why every business owner should have a burner phone!). 
     
    Join me for a fascinating 50 minutes that is sure to leave you inspired and encouraged to seize opportunities, take risks and perhaps even make you curious to explore your own “what ifs”, because if all else fails - you will always learn and can always start again!
     
    If you enjoy listening to Rob’s story, you can follow him on LinkedIn, YouTube, or Twitter. Alternatively you can contact him via his website.  
     
    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. 
     
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    LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/henri-ghijben-539132101/
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    • 50 min
    024 The importance of having your Why

    024 The importance of having your Why

    EP24 The importance of having your why Welcome to episode 24 of the Fail Forward podcast.
     
    On the days you feel like you’re paddling upstream, what is it that keeps you going?
     
    Whether it’s your business or your personal life, we all have something that gets us out of bed even on the days we least feel like it, and makes us keep moving forward towards our goals. 
     
    In this episode we take a look at how to understand what your true why is and how you can use it to be consistent, determined, focused and persistent about working towards your goals. 
     
    Taking inspiration from Simon Sinek’s renowned book, Start With Why, I explore how you may have multiple whys for different aspects of your life and work. And I share the techniques I apply every day to stay focused on my true purpose. 
     
    If you’re not already familiar with Simon Sinek’s book, I’d highly recommend you give it a go, or take a look on YouTube to watch him talking about the concept. 
     
    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/

    • 9 min
    023 Loneliness

    023 Loneliness

    EP23 Loneliness Welcome to episode 23 of the Fail Forward podcast.
     
    What does loneliness mean to you?
     
    For most people the word evokes negative emotions and memories; sadness, childhood trauma, isolation, depression, failure. And I can’t lie - I would have said the same until I listened to Steven Bartlett’s podcast (Diary of a CEO) with Jay Shetty. 
     
    If you haven’t heard it, I’d recommend you give it a listen. That episode completely changed my perspective of loneliness and what it means to do things alone. Here’s why.
     
    As a child we moved around a lot with  my parents' work. That meant I was frequently changing schools and having to make new friends. On the upside, it meant I developed great people skills which have stayed with me for life. I’m naturally able to talk to and connect with new people I meet. But on the flipside, it meant I spent a lot of time alone and that’s what I hated.  
     
    Until Jay Shetty enlightened me that it’s OK to do things alone.  In fact, time spent alone is a positive place of solitude and respite in an otherwise busy life. It’s an opportunity to collect my thoughts, to think creatively, to meditate and to allow the noise to go silent for a while. 
     
    In this episode I share how embracing solitude, peace and respite of time alone is a great opportunity that offers you decompression time enabling you to be a better boss, spouse, parent and friend. 
     
    If you’re someone who feels a little strange about spending time alone, have a listen and let me know if it helps you change your perspective. 
     
    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. 
     
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    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

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11 Ratings

11 Ratings

saradoane ,

so much tangible business

thank you, henri!

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