Failing Your Way To The Top!
It’s a tough world we live in and not all of us will live a happy and prosperous life. We may never have an Olympic size infinity pool in our backyard like Tony Robbins. We may never see the Mona Lisa up close and in person. And it’s unlikely we’ll earn the title of CEO or make it in the NFL. But something all of us have in common is the power of resilience; the power to get back up when we’ve been rejected, bullied, fired, downsized, shut-out, dismissed, or ignored.
The truth is no one has your experience and no one can make you feel inferior without your permission. You are the conductor of your own destiny. With the right attitude and action, nothing and no one can stop you from becoming the success you were born to be.
The problem with most people is they give up too soon. They believe they only have one chance to make it. The young salesperson changes career paths after their first “no,” lingering in limbo for eternity. The new business owner shuts down the store after failing to meet first year’s projections and returns to the monotony of corporate life. The rookie car salesperson quits after being publicly shamed by their peers for letting a prospect “walk.”
Ask any successful person if he or she has failed. Interview any winner if they ever lost on their path to success. If they tell you they never failed along the way, they’re not the winners you think they are… and they’d lie about other things too.
“To have laughed often and much; won the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; earned the appreciation of honest critics and endured the betrayal of false friends; appreciated beauty; found the best in others; left the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Your way to the top and how you move in that direction is much more important in the long run than actually arriving. It’s in the striving, the hustle, the grind, the willpower and in the persistence that your character is made. The mountain climber enjoys the sense of “flow” long before reaching the summit. And if they don’t summit, they try and try again. The artist relishes their work long before they complete it. And if their art doesn’t sell or bring personal satisfaction, they make better art. The salesperson is in the zone when they’re selling. And if they don’t sell, they study more about their products and services, they learn more about their prospects, they pay more attention to processes that actually produce results… and they try and try again.
Those on their way to the top have something in common: resilience. They know they have more than one chance to get there; more than one shot to make it. They get knocked off course along the way, just like the rest of us, but they never give up or give in. They keep pushing forward and in many cases, failing forward on their way to the top.
Don’t let anyone tell you it can’t be done. Be resilient. Enjoy the striving.
Hey there, I’m Michael, I’m a dad, writer, sales & marketing consultant, recruiter, life-long learner… oh and passionate Growler too. You can learn more about my services by visiting LinkedIn, and crawl into my stories right here on Medium.com.
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