Failure

Yesterday I failed and didn’t get a post up. The truth is it was a busy day at work and a friend I don’t get to see that often wanted to grab dinner. I could have hurried something and gotten a post up just to get a post up. Instead, when I got home around 11, I decided that there wasn’t anything to contribute and today was a failure. Instead of treating this as a mistake, I remembered that all failure is feedback. And what was this failure feedback? Plan ahead, plan ahead, plan ahead.

I knew I’d be tired after going out. I knew I’d be tired after work. I knew I’d be tired if I didn’t have anything written before 10. But I didn’t plan ahead and I let a good time get in the way. Am I upset that I hung out with a friend? Not at all, it was much needed relaxation. The lesson though is knowing yourself well enough to know that you won’t get anything done if you don’t do it by a certain point.

When you think about it, most lessons go back to the dip and stopping before you start.

Growth

Every day is a new opportunity to grow like it’s no ones business. If you don’t want to grow, don’t, leave it to people who do.

A mentor of mine once told me that any project he does he intentionally plans to go above and beyond what’s reasonable. It sounds pointless at first but while everyone is hitting 75% of their meager goals he was hitting 75% of an outrageous one. Meaning everyone’s making 1,000,000 while he’s making 10,000,000 shooting for 15.

It’s not easy, it’s not safe, but when people want something done, guess who they call?

Also, read this book.