I’ve been a wee bit obsessed with the Olympics this week! Have you been watching? I sat down the other night and watched 2 hours of men’s canoe slalom!
Like all ‘sofa Olympians’ I was fully up to speed within 7 minutes and became very critical and hard to impress! “He’s rubbish – he touched the pole!”
Australia haven’t gotten off to the best start with the ol’ medals, particularly in the pool (we have very high expectations of our swimmers down here!). The hype surrounding the mens relay team lead by James Magnussen was HUGE and was all very anti-climactic when the mens relay team finished 4th.
They were a ‘sure thing’ to take the gold and were literally speechless after the race.
In an interview yesterday, James said, “I’ve learned more about myself in the last 2 days than I have in the last 20 years.” What a MASSIVE statement!
Yes, it would have been FAB for them to have won but…
Is there a bigger reward to be found in failure?
Today we look at failure as something negative. As a missed opportunity. Something we did wrong and to be embarrassed or ashamed about.
But the truth is, we learn so much more when we don’t get it 100%.
In my business, there have been A LOT of things I’ve ‘failed’ at. As business owners, we are often guilty of looking at other businesses through rose tinted glasses and think, “Wow, they’ve got it together! They’ve just started out and look how well they are doing! They’ve got like A MILLION people on their Facebook page!”
The truth is, they most likely haven’t just started out and have been at this game of creating their dream business and life for quite some time.
Buttercup Ink started in November 2009 as a wedding stationery studio and has gone through many evolutions. What has helped me has been to take time to reflect on the things that didn’t go exactly as planned. Figure out why. Be ok with it. And move on.
The reason these apparent ‘overnight successes’ are now stepping up and collecting the gold is that they have taken time to accept and learn from the ‘lesson’ and KEPT MOVING FORWARD.
Let’s stop beating ourselves up over our failures and start welcoming the ‘lessons’ for what they really are. An opportunity to learn and grow and a step up the podium towards GOLD!
What ‘lesson’ have you received lately that you can start to look at in this way? I’d love to hear your ‘path to success’ stories in the comments below ↓