At LNE Consulting we believe that repeated failure is the key to success. Like we often tell our management trainees, the key to getting promoted faster is failing faster. The more quickly you can make and learn from your mistakes, the more rapidly you’ll be on your way to becoming a master. Take a look at two quotes we love that embody this philosophy.
“When you take risks, you learn that there will be times when you succeed, and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important.” —Ellen DeGeneres
Success is a decent teacher, and failure is an amazing teacher. It’s important to be able to learn from both.
When things are going well for you, don’t just ride the wave. Take the time to recognize why you’re doing well. Have you been getting more sleep lately and taking care of your health? Have you been dedicating the time to planning more effectively? Has your sense of urgency and efficiency been extra on point? Are you spending extra time building relationships with your customers or team members? It’s important to write these things down because they’ll serve as a checklist to return to when everything is not running as smoothly.
On the flip side, do your best to look at failure in a positive light. Anyone who has ever become great at something has failed and failed and failed. As a rookie, it’s easy to forget that making mistakes is normal. It’s easy to beat yourself up and be tempted to give up because you don’t think you’re a “natural.” The reality, though, is that as long as you’re giving 100%, making mistakes is the healthy thing to do. Focus your energy on learning from your mistakes, and do everything in your power not to make the same mistake twice. Continuous learning will be the key to your success.
“No human ever became interesting by not failing. The more you fail and recover and improve, the better you are as a person. Ever meet someone who’s always had everything work out for them with zero struggle? They usually have the depth of a puddle. Or they don’t exist.” —Chris Hardwick
This quote is so accurate! Without any doubt, the most interesting and respectable people we’ve ever met have been those who have been through a lot in their lives and careers. Think about the opposite: a person who wakes up one morning rich, who didn’t have to do anything to earn it. There’s nothing inspiring about that. The greatest stories are from those who have endured a struggle and overcome it.
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