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1 year, 3 months ago
Want to learn something fast? Failing fast is learning fast, wasn’t it Thomas Edison that said something along the lines that every time you fail that you are just learning how NOT to do something and therefore by process of elimination every time that you fail you are one more failure close to success (unless its skydiving, in which case if you fail you’re probably gonna die). What I am really getting at here is that it is important to get over the fear of failure and just accept that you will fail, and you will fail a lot. But what is important is how you react after every failed engagement. Are you one of those soft individuals that find the need to go hide in a hole and lick your wounds while throwing a pity party after you fail? Or are you one of the few hard individuals out there that can just shake it off, take your lesson and move on? Every time I have tried something new I have stumbled, failed, and sometimes just looked plain dumb (the last part probably just comes naturally..). It’s just part of the territory. Business is really no different than surfing, kickboxing, or whatever your sport is. You really can’t just expect to paddle out and look like Kelly Slater the first time you try and surf! I know that I sure didn’t, I was the goofy dude that fell off of his board while just sitting on it (oh, that’s why I say I often look stupid, hah..). Business is no different. Your failures will form you, they will carve you into the successful person that you want to be. Anymore I just laugh and am thankful for the opportunity to learn and the adventure that I get to experience along the way. And as long as all of my limbs are still attached and i’m still breathing I just get back at it. Just stay up, stay focused, and stay positive!
1 year, 10 months ago
There is nothing worse then having to work with someone who plays tit for tat games, behaves in a spiteful manner, and is untrustworthy- you know the type of individual that you have to have sign 50 agreements in order for them to do the right thing. Nobody wants to work with someone like that.. In other words, don’t be a sensitive drama queen- KEEP IT REAL- treat people how you want to be treated, do not take or expect anything that you did not work for, admit when you make a mistake, and do whats right whether its in a signed contract or not.
1 year, 11 months ago
Smile. Any challenge, hardship or whatever is only going to make you stronger (and you really have no choice but to deal with it so you might as well smile). I was doing a study on a lot of the great leaders in history; Marcus Aurelius, Alexander, Catherine the Great, our Founding Fathers, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, etc. The one thing that I realized that all of these great leaders had in common was a massive ability to persevere any hardship- and none of these leaders had easy lives- can you imagine what would have happened to our founding fathers if they had lost the Revolutionary war? Teddy who was known as a the Bull Moose was wrought with illness as a child and I am not even going to begin to go into detail what all of these leaders had to endure in their lives. But nonetheless- every adversity they faced only made them stronger and better leaders. So nowadays when things are hard I have taught myself to simply smile and say “this is only going to make me better and stronger”.