Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Fear Failure

Enjoy these reflections from LNE Consulting about the role failure plays in achieving success.

How many times in our lives have we avoided attempting something due to our own fear of failure? Spanning from adolescence to our adulthood we are programmed to be afraid of defeat, that any set back is the peril to our success. This disillusioned idea is one that prevents a remarkable amount of the population from chasing their dreams. Failing is a part of life, it is a minor detour on the highway to success.

Bill Gates once said, “it’s fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” Before becoming one of the most successful entrepreneurs of all time, Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard and was an original co-owner of a company known as Traf-O-Data, a company that had to close shortly after 1980 due to a loss of funds. Through the failures of his first company, he was able to use the lessons endured to create the technology mecca that is Microsoft. Many others who have managed to be just as fortunate as Gates all went through very similar models. If at any point, any of the greatest minds had been afraid of failure, we would live in a drastically different world than we do today.

Throughout our lives we are held underneath a microscope of scrutiny, it all begins with our schooling and spans to whichever endeavors we choose to procure. Did you know that Albert Einstein failed his first entrance exam to the Zurich Polytechnic, a university in Switzerland? It probably would have been easy to give up, but Einstein understood that his poor grade was only a minor setback. He came back a year later and passed the exam which ultimately paved the way toward becoming what many consider to be the greatest astrophysicist to ever live.

Not only are we captivated by the idea of success, but we have become dependent upon that being the only option. We refuse to take chances due to our own illogical fears of not succeeding the first time. The idea of failure impedes our will to think outside of the box, it stunts our ambition and hampers our self-esteem. Why do we use defeat as a reason not to do something, when we should be using it as the reason to rise up and overcome? Why do we allow our shortcomings to consume us and prevent us from reaching our true potential? An opportunity to improve should never be looked at in a negative light.

Throughout history, our society has publicized the great achievements of mankind. Whether it be in science, sports, politics, business, etc., we are taught that success is the ultimate goal. That those with the luxury of being prosperous are role models for the rest of us. What goes highly disregarded is all of the hurdles that needed to be jumped in order to reach that level of success. Here is why both you and I should not fear failure because anyone that ever became anything in life had to do it.

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Here’s How to Fix Your Life in Time for Spring

Spring has sprung! Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and the DIY Network is insisting that you clean your house from top to bottom. While one of those three is not as lovely as the other two, spring can be an excellent excuse to get a fresh start. So, while you’re dusting the top of your bookcase and rearranging your knickknacks to be more “Zen,” LNE Consulting has a few ways you can take that cleansing motivation and apply it to what really matters: you.

In the interest of being green in honor of Earth Day, and in the spirit of the season, let’s take a look at three tips that will help you improve both your personal and professional life.

Reduce:

We all have negativity that brings us down. Things from our past that are holding us back because we are having trouble letting go (I’m looking at you, coach that put me on JV track when you know darn well I should have been on Varsity!). In order to reduce your stress and let yourself focus on what’s going on right now, it’s important to decide what you actually need to keep in your life, and what can melt away with the last of the snow. Take a good hard look at what in your past still makes you angry, guilty or upset, and decide if it’s productive to keep holding on to it. If it isn’t, it may be time to let go.

Reuse:

Now before you (mentally) throw everything out, stop for a moment and think: can you reuse anything you learned from a past experience with a current situation? Many people find themselves struggling through issues as though they’re brand new, only to realize that a similar past experience has a reusable solution. So, before you shrug off your past, pause and try to compare your ancient issue with the current dilemma you’re having with your boss, your significant other, your best friend, your cat. They always say to learn from your mistakes, but how often are we thinking of old errors while we make new ones? Take this self-analytical time to dredge up old feelings and—more importantly—old resolutions.

Recycle:

Spring is the perfect time to dust off a great book that you haven’t read in a while and re-cycle its purpose in your life. If it’s been a year since you’ve read How to Win Friends and Influence People, there’s no doubt that you’ll read the same words differently after four seasons of new life experiences. Think about how you can repurpose and reexpose yourself to things you’ve read and heard before.

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5 Reasons to Eliminate Excuses From Your Repertoire — STAT!

This April, LNE Consulting is reflecting on the importance of eliminating excuses from our lives. Check out these five reasons to nix your excuse-making habit today.

1. Excuses make you look unprofessional.

Think about it — the real pros get the job done — NO MATTER WHAT! It doesn’t matter if it’s raining, snowing, if they didn’t sleep the night before, if they’re sick, or if the earth is rotating in reverse. True professionals rise above and figure it out.

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2. Excuses lessen your credibility.

If you’re a habitual excuse maker, we’ve got bad news for you: most people don’t believe your excuses! They may work on someone you’ve just met who hasn’t been witness to your behavioral pattern yet — but don’t even get us started on what kind of first impression this makes! The bottom line is that whether your excuses are legitimate or not, they can very easily make you look like a liar.

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3. Excuses set you up for a “boy who cried wolf scenario.”

This is something to genuinely be concerned about. Every now and then — truly once in a blue moon — something really does happen that warrants an “excuse.” This might include a death in the family, an extreme sickness or hospitalization, or something major along those lines.

But what happens if you’ve been making drastic excuses on a regular basis? Will people believe you when something real and significant happens? Will they care?

We’re all human, and life happens to all of us — so be careful not to play the emergency card when it isn’t warranted.

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4. The excuse-making habit rubs off on those around you.

If you’ve ever been on the receiving end of an excuse, you know how infuriating it is. One of the worst things you can do as a team leader is set the precedent for your team that excuses are acceptable. The same goes for your family, children, friends, and anyone around you for that matter. Excuses can be contagious — so if you don’t want to hear a list of reasons why someone didn’t show up when he/she was supposed to, be sure to obey the golden rule.

“Treat others as you would like to be treated.”

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5. Above all else, excuses hold you back from making progress.

A fulfilling life is all about moving forward, and one of two things usually happens along this journey: either you make excuses or you work towards results. So which will you choose?

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2 Quotes About Goal-Setting to Motivate You Today

Did you know that goal-setting is not just a weekly and monthly process at LNE Consulting, but a daily one? This is one of the activities that our CEO, Julie Edmonds, attributes to almost two decades of business success. In our experience, taking the time to think about and write down our goals provides essential clarity to the activities of the day. When each member of the team knows what he or she is striving for, we are able to hit the start button for the day and run like a well-oiled machine.

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Importantly, goal-setting creates accountability. If Jovani and Leidis, team leaders at LNE Consulting, write down their goals and exceed them, we know that they deserve an extra pat on the back that day! Likewise, if one of their counterparts falls short of his goals, we know that it might be time for some mentoring, or at least a pep talk to bring him up to speed. Either way, our written goals provide a checklist at the end of each day, week, month, quarter, and year, making it easy to measure progress.

Here’s the first quote that we’re loving today! …

“Never quit. It is the easiest cop-out in the world. Set a goal and don’t quit until you attain it. When you do attain it, set another goal, and don’t quit until you reach it. Never quit.” –Bear Bryant

The Alabama football coach couldn’t be more right! Quitting is so easy. And of course, the things that are easy are always the most tempting.

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And here’s another!

“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.” –Bill Copeland

Another excellent point — surprisingly not from a sports icon, though it sounds that way! Copeland, an American poet and writer, makes a case for deciding what matters to you. It’s not unlike this famous scene from Alice in Wonderland:

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Are you setting aside time on a regular basis to decide where you’re going?

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PIECES OF ADVICE FOR RECENT COLLEGE GRADS, PART II

LNE Consulting is here to offer a few more constructive steps towards success during post-grad life. Don’t be immersed in unnecessary stress. Breathe, we are here to help!

(If you missed Part I you can read it here!)

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Clean up your act! (Or at least just your social media)



Unless you’re applying for a social media based position, delete your social media accounts. Certain companies will find a way past your security settings. Leverage your network of friends and contacts, advisors, professors, parents, anyone who can get you a foot in the door. Just because you may have a mature presence in the social media world, does not mean your old high school friends that you haven’t talked to since PE Freshman year of high school do.

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Be yourself

“All of us need to understand the importance of branding. We are CEOs of our own companies: Me Inc. To be in business today, our most important job is to be head marketer for the brand called YOU.”

– Tom Peters in Fast Company

While it is important to know what a company is looking for in a candidate, it is also important to bring your distinctive qualities to the table. We look for unique individuals at LNE Consulting. Many companies aren’t just looking at your education and skill set, but are also looking largely at your personality. Are you friendly? Upbeat? Positive? And most importantly, are you genuine? Don’t put on a front of anyone you’re not. If your most authentic self isn’t able to land you the gig, then it isn’t the gig for you. There is no sense in wasting both the employer’s time and your time pretending to be fit for a job that you you are not.

Work Hard

Dreams don’t work unless you do. Remember, embarking on this journey is new. Despite your degree, you don’t know as much as you think you do; don’t be above anything. Work hard. Ask questions. Work hard. Don’t expect it to be easy. Work hard. Don’t look for excuses.

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Always put your best foot forward, maintain a positive work ethic and be open to all the possibilities this new adventure will bring. At LNE Consulting, we understand how plunging into new experiences like post-grad life can be a scary process, but as one chapter ends, another begins, and with it comes excitement and opportunities.

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Pieces Of Advice For Recent College Grads, Part I (YOU WILL BE OK)

Here at LNE Consulting, we know the struggle that comes with those post-grad blues. With graduation right around the corner, utilizing your degree and finding a job is imperative. Here are some helpful tips for landing a gig.

GET OUTSIDE OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE 

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It’s important to push the boundaries of your comfort zone, and when you do, it’s a big deal. Did you know that Tauheed Epps – excuse me, Two Chainz – played basketball at Alabama State?! Epps was adept at playing three positions: point guard, shooting guard, and small forward. He was a versatile player, but only played in 35 games and averaged 2.8 points per game. After two seasons of coming off the bench for the Hornets, Epps decided to go pro in something other than basketball: hip-hop.

Within the first two years of transitioning into the hip-hop industry, Two Chainz was discovered by Ludacris and signed to Def Jam Records. By leaving what he already knew and had grown comfortable in, he opened up many doors to new opportunities. 
While your comfort zone provides a state of mental security that may reduce stress and anxiety, it also hinders you. Comfort kills productivity; without the sense of unease that comes with having expectations of yourself, we tend to take our foot off the brake and do the minimum required to get by. We lose the drive and ambition to do more and learn new things. But don’t just get by, thrive! The second you step out of your comfort zone, that is when the magic happens. Don’t be scared to try something new! Apply for jobs that aren’t in your field or jobs for which you may not be qualified but are passionate about.

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PERFECT YOUR INTERVIEW SKILLS

The interview process is brutal. Expect it. Companies will receive hundreds of applications for just ONE position and more than likely, there will be 40-50 candidates that meet the qualifications just to interview. Sometimes the job search is about timing, sometimes it yields to experience, and other times it quite honestly requires just a bit of luck. The most important piece is to perfect your interview skills. You may not have control over getting an interview, but when you do, put your very best forward to control that outcome, remember, confidence is key. At LNE Consulting, we have a strategic process to find the candidates that stand out from the rest.

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You are your biggest advocate and the only person who can truly market YOU. If you are able to step out of your comfort zone and leave a lasting impression, then you are ahead of game.

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9 Quotes About Making Excuses – and How to Rid Yourself of this Terrible Habit

lne-consulting-2Excuses are a dime a dozen, which is precisely why not everyone achieves success in their careers. At LNE Consulting, time and time again, we’ve seen top performers separate themselves from the “average” simply by ditching the excuses and taking accountability.

Successful people realize that excuses won’t pay their bills. They realize that while some people are making excuses, other people are always going to be making it happen — and if they want to be top performers, they’re going to have to deliver no matter what.

The key to eliminating excuses is recognizing that you are in control. Instead of feeling like the world is happening “to” you, make the decision to exercise your power wherever you possibly can. Don’t like your circumstances? Check your attitude and tackle the problem head on.

It also helps to remind yourself that excuses are not just keeping you from hitting your goals — but they’re damaging to your credibility as a professional. Every time you make an excuse it’s like the story of the boy who cried wolf — you might be able to get away with it once or twice, but eventually those around you will stop believing you.

Here are 9 of our favorite quotes that will hopefully inspire you to ditch the excuse-making!

“Ninety-nine percent of all failures come from people who have a habit of making excuses.” -George Washington Carver

“Your excuses are just the lies your fears have sold you.” -Robin Sharma

“If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.”

“Excuses will always be there for you, opportunity won’t.”

“He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” -Benjamin Franklin

“Success is what comes after you stop making excuses.”

“Replace excuses with effort, replace laziness with determination, and everything will fall into place.”

“When I lost all of my excuses I found my results.”

“Excuses are the enemy of excellence.”

Cliché or not, you have to admit that these quotes are on point! For more quotes from LNE Consulting, follow us on Twitter.