Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Failure

"Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently."
-Henry Ford

It is always how you look at it.
  1. There isn't a person on the planet that hasn't made a mistake or failed at something. Not one. You will have your moment if you haven't already. Therefore, you can rest assured that people are just hiding their misfortune and that you aren't the only one, if in fact you care what others think.
  2. The people who live life to the maximum view issues, problems or possible negative scenarios, as a positive learning experiences are the most successful. Period.
How does one then deal with a failure? It is actually quite simple:
  1. Look at exactly what failed and why, no matter how painful the experience may be. Delve into it and discover where the problems occurred, where you could have done something differently and how it would have affected the outcome more positively.
  2. Look for help and ask how you could have done a better job. The fact that we have all failed means that someone, in principal, has probably researched what you did, written about what you messed up on or has a course on how to do it right! Find that information and study up. There is just a myriad of ways to shore up your efforts for next time by assessing your failures this time. Ask those affected how you failed and ask for helpful hints on how to better, again, no matter how painful it seems, so that you can move forward.
  3. Never make the same mistake twice. That just makes you lazy or worse......

If we will all be thrust in front of failure it is how we tackle those problems and come out on the other side that will make the person we are.

I choose to become more intelligent about how I begin again next time. Just like a certain Henry Ford.

What will you do when failure strikes?

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