Monday, July 24, 2017

Get Out There and Fail

A person tells you about a disastrous presentation he made and you're thinking, "That's not even in the top thirty of the worst presentations I've seen." You wish you had a few videos of those because he'll think you're just being kind when you're really being honest.

Our own poor performances can be powerful lessons but the less than stellar performances of others can be inspirational. Pick a famous writer, artist, or musician and you'll probably be able to find some cringe-worthy efforts in their work. (Okay, let's exclude Beethoven, Mozart, and Bach). Not all of Shakespeare's plays equaled "Hamlet." Dickens wrote some so-so stuff. Many a famous actor has performed in films that were mediocre. And let's not get into the number of skilled executives who have a termination or two in their background.

Failure is part of the process. You win some, you lose some, and you keep moving.

You don't take it lightly but you take it and learn.

Get out there and fail.

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