In Chapter 3 of my book, Find Your Lane, I share the importance of “Setting Your Wheels in Motion”. We often think about ideas or things we can do to be more effective, but don’t act. Many times, it’s because we fear failure. Nobody wants to fail, but that is how we learn. I once heard someone say our goal should be to fail early and often so we can get to success quicker. Yikes! It’s fearful just thinking about it. I have been helping families relocate for over 20 years and still fail from time to time, but when I do, I know that I will learn and grow from it and be better so that I can help more families relocate in the future.
We are going to make mistakes, but in the end, failure is our teacher that will show us how to do it the right way. Have you failed to get a promotion you wanted or felt like you deserved? What about failing to get that college degree or achieve an industry certification you wanted, or maybe you failed to win some new business as a sales person or retain a customer? Kevin O’Leary (Shark Tank) says it best. “Success is filled with potholes of failure.” It is truly the pathway to success. Let me share an excerpt below from my book to illustrate failure and the importance to keep trying for success.
If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try Again…
Just because you fail doesn’t mean you won’t succeed later with another opportunity. A close friend of mine, Phil Byers, once shared a Miami Herald newspaper clipping about some very famous people that failed many times during their career. Think about what would have happened if the people below would have quit after failing:
- Henry Ford forgot to put reverse on his first automobile.
- Thomas Edison invented the perpetual cigar and cement furniture before coming up with the light bulb.
- Albert Einstein’s parents were told he was mentally retarded.
- Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team.
- Elvis Presley didn’t make the glee club.
- Napoleon finished near the bottom of his military school class.
- Abraham Lincoln failed many times in politics before becoming President.
- The Beatles were turned down by a recording contract from Decca Records.
- Steven Spielberg dropped out of high school and hung around movie studios shooting 8mm film.
- John Grisham’s first novel was rejected by agents and publishers.
- Babe Ruth struck out 1,330 times, which was a major league record at the time.
Have you failed at something lately? I know I have… If the answer is yes, then GREAT!
Yes, that’s right… it’s great because this is how we learn and grow on career journey. If we really want to learn and be better, we have to be willing to make mistakes to learn from along the way. As you can see, Babe Ruth struck out over 1,000 times, but he became known for hitting home runs as a professional baseball player.
As leaders, we need to build a culture that says “it’s okay to fail” for our employees. This is when we will start winning as an organization. To get real results, help your team move past CYA (cover your a$$) to OTF (okay to fail)!
So, what have you failed at lately? I have a list of failures a mile long. Don’t give up… Now is the time to regroup and try again! You are on your way to success!
Quote of the week: “Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.” (Babe Ruth)
Call to Action: What have you failed at lately? Share with someone in your network and talk about ways to do it different next time. I would enjoy hearing your story too. Send me a note!
This has been A Relocation Minute on “If at first you don’t succeed” with Bruce Waller, VP Corporate Relocation Armstrong Relocation and Companies in Dallas, Texas. For more information, call 972-389-5673, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or check out my social media Facebook and Twitter pages by clicking links below.
“Find Your Lane” is a leadership book designed to help you navigate with a CAREER GPS and guides us to GROW, PLAN, and SHARE to be better leaders. This book is available at Amazon, or Barnes and Noble.