Category Archives: Failure

Be There In Five

Be There In Five (1)

No you won’t. And we both know it. It’s not because I don’t trust you. It’s because I do the same thing. I’m running late and am embarrassed that I’m running late so I text you to let you know. I tell you I’m only five minutes away, when really, I’m easily eight minutes out. Why? Because I want to believe I’m not that late.

I hate being late. But I hate being a liar more. So now, I try to be honest or even exaggerate. If I know I’m going to be five minutes late, I say 15 minutes. If I’m going to be 10 minutes late, I say 20. More importantly, I apologize and ask for forgiveness. Their time is just as valuable.

Overstating how late I am  accomplishes two things. 1) I’m honest about running late and I give myself breathing room to get to the appointment. 2) If I’m earlier than I stated, it feels like a win.

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The Next Epic Failure

I’m learning to look forward to the next epic failure.

As Jamie Hollister likes to say when mentoring someone, “look, I’m gonna let you down. Eventually. It’s bound to happen. I’m human.”

The fact is, I’m going to make another mistake. I’m going to fail. Again. And again. And again.

Instead of being afraid, I’m learning to embrace the next failure. You know why? Because I can learn from it. I grow from it. I can become better. I can endure more. The next epic failure will be an experience, and I welcome it.

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
James 1:2

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Looking for Work

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Well, it finally happened. It took longer than I thought – about a week – but I was finally hit with the realization that I’m unemployed, again.

This feeling isn’t new. I was laid-off at the beginning of the recession in 2008. Since then, I’ve had three different jobs for three different employers. Some of those jobs I left voluntarily, some of them I didn’t. The feeling eventually hits you, it’s just a matter of when.

Whether you were fired, laid-off, or you quit, the important thing is to learn from the experience. Take away the good and the bad and become a better person for it. Secondly, approach finding the next job as if it were a job. But don’t just apply for jobs, network too. Sometimes the best job isn’t obtained because you applied for it. You might even have to spend money to make money.

If you’re in the same boat as me, good luck. Oh, and don’t settle. Find more than your next job, find your career.

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Success through failure and Batman quotes

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There are a million quotes you could use to summarize why failing is an important aspect of achieving success. My generation will be remembered for many reasons, not the least of which is social media and comic books turned into movies. So, it’s only appropriate that I quote Batman Begins as why failing is important. “And why do we fall, Bruce?” Thomas Wayne asks his frightened son. “So we can learn to pick ourselves up.”

Not everyone is good at everything. Failing has the ability to enlighten areas of improvement. The key comes from being able to recognize why failure occurred. If every time Bruce fell he simply blamed it on the environment, he would never adjust his feet to walking or learn to tie his shoes more securely. Failing is almost essential to achieving success in business, life, love and whatever else you can think of. It helps you build a foundation for moving mountians.

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