“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed.
“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life.
“And that is why I succeed.”
Considered one of the greatest basketball players
and athletes of all time.
So Now What?
I heard Robert Kiyosaki, author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad and real estate tycoon, tell the story of how he started out as a failed copy machine salesman.
He was really, really bad at it. The worst sales person in the company. In fact, he was so bad if he didn’t turn it around, and fast, he was going to be fired.
He called his Rich Dad for advice and received some startling news. His Rich Dad told him he needed to increase his “failure rate.”
Now that advice seems rather counter productive but his Rich Dad knew that success is built by learning from failure. So instead of making 5 cold calls a day, Robert started making 20.
He increased his fail rate and in doing so he started seeing success. Soon he became the leading sales person in the company.
He learned by doing. And he learned by making mistakes. He failed his way to the top.
A lot of us (myself included) have a big desire to avoid failing at all cost. And if we do fail once or twice we believe it’s a signal to give up and move on to the next project or goal.
But failure does not equal defeat.
It might feel that way but it’s not a signal from the Universe that you’re finished. It only means you’re missing some knowledge and information you need to become a success.
You know that clapper-board they use when making movies to index all the different takes of a certain scene. Take 1, take 2, take 3.
When making a movie all sorts of things go wrong during a take: the lighting isn’t right, the wind messes up the actors hair, planes fly over, the microphones stop working, somebody sneezes, the actors forget their lines.
If a director gave up, thinking the film was a failure, the first time something went wrong during a take we’d have no movie industry.
It’s just a missed take. Not a mistake. A missed take. And they do the scene again until they get it right.
Success requires practice and training in the field you’re trying to master. The only way to fail is by giving up and walking away from your goal.
Seek out the training you need to make it to the top, whether from books, workshops, a mastermind group you form or from a coach or mentor.
And you know what?
You So Have What It Takes.
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