This month’s (Words of Wisdom) WOW comes with a different spin to a very common or cliché quote:
Most of us have heard the statement: “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” (Home Simpson says: You tried your best and you failed miserably, lesson is… never try) :)
Regardless which one of these that you’ve heard in either all seriousness, or as a joke my time with you all this month will be from a different less popular quote:
"If at first, you DO Succeed…. Try Something Harder." - John C. Maxwell (from the novel Failing Forward )
Many times we set goals that we KNOW that we can accomplish, often we only take roles that we know that we can ace. However, the greatest successes or rewards in our lives and careers come from those times when we step into the unknown, rely on what we’ve learned, and move full speed ahead.
* Being Busy Does Not Equal Productive or Progressive
I find this very common amongst many of my family, friends, and colleagues to be busy all day long, and seemingly accomplishing nothing day to day. Or the tasks are so mundane that completion or accomplishments are more so expected than rewarded. Just because your calendar is booked, and you are always busy working does not always mean your efforts are being applied towards a stretch goal. If it’s easy, chances are it’s not. If you’re not struggling, chances are you need to shoot higher.
* To Fail Does Not Mean You’re A Failure
As oxymoronic as this sounds, simply because you make a mistake does not mean you are a failure. Mistakes and failures are what teach us some of our greatest lessons. When you have to go through the process of Damage Control from a mistake, you tend to learn from these mistakes much quicker, and with a more significant impact. Not being afraid to learn from your own mishaps takes a bit of courage, but mitigating that risk is a sign of readiness for the next level.
* There Are NO Shortcuts to Greatness
No matter how witty you are, no matter what degrees you may have, no matter the depth of experiences you can boast of there are simply no shortcuts to becoming great. In order to become the greatest success, you must overcome the greatest obstacles. Position yourself to encounter challenges that you plan, and embrace opportunities to overcome unplanned ones. Fastest way to get to the top of a mountain is climb it dead on, otherwise you’ll find yourself walking in circles for ages hoping you get there one day.
If at first you do succeed, try something else the theme for this Month’s WOW Message. Making sure that we’re consistently living on the edge of what we THINK are our boundaries. Impress yourself with a bit of a challenge, I guarantee you can handle more than you think. If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always had.
Thanks for reading.
With Passion, Purpose, & Pride,
Trent J ACEO