Traveling for work, I steel myself for the company-sponsored wine tasting. Skipping it is not an option. My plan is to work the room with my soda and lime, make sure I’m seen by the five people who care about these things, and leave before things get sloppy (which they always do). Six wines and four beers are on display at the catering stand. I ask for club soda and get a blank look. Just water, then? The bartender grimaces apologetically. “I think there’s a water fountain in the lobby?” she says.
I realized what was going on. I just finished my talk on how to use failure to build resilience. I’ve used Castro as an example of someone who failed several times. But, in spite of the many defeats, he continued to persist until he achieved his end goal.