Wednesday, 29 April 2015

You only get out, what you put in.

Hi! Great to see you back.
I'm running as Captain Obvious today, all the stuff you are about to read, you already know. It's all 100% logical and makes perfect sense.
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This message is a simple one. No one just becomes a master, a professional or an expert at anything, or something more than what they are, without the positive benefits of both failure and effort.
Yes, you read that right. The POSITIVE benefits of failure. 
This is a topic I have touched on a few times now.
The Facts: we all start out as beginners, amateurs and newbies and failure is one of the most efficient methods of learning. Failure is something we experience from birth and right through until death.
It is in failing at something that you get your greatest opportunity to learn which way is the right way and which is not. 
You then get to choose what to do with the experience you have undergone. The smart ones learn from it and aim to never make the same mistake again. 
The not-so-smart or stubborn ones will ignore it and potentially screw up the same way later down the track.
Most of you reading this will be picking option 1 - to learn and not to do it again. It's a no brainer.
If you're picking option 2 as your most attractive option, perhaps you need to re-evaluate yourself and either grow up or grow a pair. 
Ignoring the great lessons failure can teach you is a little bit on the stupid side.
Now don't get me wrong here, I manage a team of 24 people and if each of them made a mistake on a daily basis I wouldn't be much of a manager would I? First of all you have to make sure you know how to do your job, I for one support them, ensure they have the right tools, the knowledge and the drive to get things completed. 
The mistakes become exceptions to the normal day to day - and the best thing you can do as a person when you make one is firstly own up to it and secondly as I mentioned earlier, learn from it.
Now there are a few other features Failure has in store for most people.
Failure is also one of those things whereby you will always get a few choices emotionally too, challenges if you will. They tend to show up in the following; 
1. Do you wallow in self pity, beat yourself up for you dumbness? No.
2. Do you blame everyone else except yourself to deflect the blame and save your own ass?  No.
2. With every failure, do you choose to do something that your future self will thank you for?  Pick this one, pick this one!
So word to the wise from someone who has failed a lot but gotten better because of those failures. 
Stop knocking yourself around for any screw-ups you're making (unless you decided to entrench yourself in the "ignore opportunities to learn anything" camp and are determined to keep making the same ones) and get learning from everything you do well and everything you don't or haven't.
You'll be a much better human being for it.
Yours sincerely,