Better get used to the idea, whether in business or in your personal life, sometimes you are gonna find yourself in the middle of a huge snafu and guess what? It’s your fault.
Yep. You walked right into it, eyes wide open, and now you look at what you’ve done and are thinking to yourself
How could it have possibly come to this?
Regardless of who you are, invariably you will be standing in the mirror, looking at a failure.
Don’t think you’re the only one; plenty have tried and failed, including names you might recognize today, like Elizabeth Arden, The Beatles, Jack Canfield, Mark Cuban, Walt Disney, Albert Einstein, Lady Gaga, Bill Gates, Milton Hershey, Steve Jobs, Michael Jordan, Mary Kay, Stephen King, Madonna, J.K. Rowling, Colonel Sanders, Charles Schultz, Steven Spielberg, Sylvester Stallone, and even Oprah Winfrey (just to name a few).
The question isn’t whether you have failed or not, the question is
What are you gonna do about it now?
Sure, you could feel unworthy, sorry for yourself (actually this is part of the healing process), let your fear of failure overcome you and swear never to take another chance again, or you can examine where you are, dig deep within, take an honest look at the data, discern how you got here and
Embrace the Learning
ROFL Return On Failure Learning
Long before ROFL was reduced to a silly text acronym, not far behind its shirt-tailed cousin ROI (Return On Investment) ROFL adequately exemplified the attitude of creative and powerful individuals (such as the aforementioned celebrities) who would not respond to failure like a “normal” person.
No, they did not roll over and frigging leave, they sought to gain a Return On Failure: Learning.
These extraordinary individuals stood face-to-face with their inner demons and against all odds, harnessed the lessons gleaned from their negative experiences and forged forward with the determination to try again; this time wiser and better prepared.
And many of them did not succeed on the third or fourth try. After every successive failure, they emerged even more determined, wiser and better equipped to overcome obstacles that would rear their ugly heads while they continued to push forward to success.
This is the key component of the extraordinary individual
You are also an extraordinary individual
There is no doubt that there exists no one with your particular strengths, gifts, abilities and unique message to share with the community and the world, a world where anything is possible.
The only difference between you and Oprah
(or any of the other individuals cited previously)
is how you respond to the F-word.
Look at failure as earning (and possibly paying handsomely for) your Masters Degree in what not to do. Armed with this knowledge, you have an expertise you’d never been able to attain without the completion of this course. It was hard, no doubt. It was painful, full of long hours and sleepless nights, but you finished the course.
Yes, it’s acceptable to take time to reflect and recuperate before taking your next foray into your subsequent project or emerging incarnation of your self, but it is necessary for you to be the extraordinary person you were born to be.
See every failure as an investment in your further education and look for the
Return On Failure Learning (ROFL)
One day, you might just look back at this failure rolling on the floor laughing (just saying).
You are extraordinary
Unleash your inner Oprah
or other failure from the celebrity list (above).