Failure is an Investment
I see it all the time, people are excited to begin something new. They are all gung ho and enthusiastic...
Until they hit their first obstacle...
It seems that when people even get a whiff of a challenge or... Heaven forbid something that resembles FAILURE...
They take the path of least resistance faster than you can say "Shiny Object!"
No, this isn't something new...
AND it's not necessarily the end of the world as we know it either...
We just have to change our mindset, manage our expectation and (you got it...) KEEP GOING!
If you want to get down to the 'brass tax' (whatever the hell that means!)...
If you're not failing, you're not progressing!
You see, we HAVE TO FAIL to succeed at the things that are out of our reach!
If you aren't willing to fail multiple times, you aren't really investing in your success!
But HERE'S the Catch...
(Yes, there's always a catch...)
You can only turn your failures into success IF you do these 2 things:
1) Learn from your mistakes.
2) Keep going.
A failure is only failing if you STOP!!
But if you Keep Going, those experiences are what will bring you to the successes you are looking for!
So Embrace the Suck!
Know that it's coming and get over it!
You can take it!
The adversity make us stronger and brings us together! It binds us!
For You Leaders Out There...
Here are some tips to deal w/this if you are in a leadership position (formally or otherwise).
If you're in a position to influence others, try to help people fail fast and fail forward, by balancing out performance, while allowing for failure.
Tell "War Stories" of how people turned Conflict Into Opportunity... How people got through bad times. How failures are the seeds of fantastic!
Encourage them to try new things and fall on their face.
Yes, yes, you want them to succeed, but help them see a bigger picture through the failures.
Help them to see the small successes. They may not have gotten everything right, but they may have gotten another PART of it closer to correct!
Some times you have to follow Nike's advice and...
Just Do It!
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