TERRY’S BLOG: SUCCESS + FAILURE
By Terry Minion – www.ctsblog.net
“THE PAST DOESN’T EQUAL THE FUTURE. ALL GREAT LEADERS, ALL THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE ACHIEVED IN ANY AREA OF LIFE, KNOW THE POWER OF CONTINUOUSLY PURSUING THEIR VISION, EVEN IF ALL THE DETAILS OF HOW TO ACHIEVE IT AREN’T YET AVAILABLE.”
— TONY ROBBINS
“SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE BELIEVE IN THE VALIDITY OF THEIR OWN DREAMS AND GOALS, EVEN IF DREAMS ARE ALL THEY HAVE TO GO ON.”
— DENIS WAITLEY
As we grow older having increased experience, we have the opportunity to become more enlightened and wise. One of the things that speeds this process along smoothly is constantly challenging our beliefs and values. One of the ways to do this is by redefining the meaning of words in our life–words like failure, success, education, wisdom, and many more.
If we are open, we can learn that the past does not equal the future, although we may have believed that it did much of our life. How easily we forget that the first time we tried to eat food it went all over our face, and the first time we tried to walk, we fell, and then again, and again, and again. Truly, we fail our way through life if we think about it. So, remembering this will help to redefine what it means to fail.
In business, failing and failure are serious words that are looked at generally as what not to do to keep a job. Not all think that. Thomas J Watson, who founded IBM, thought much differently about that. He said, “The way to succeed is to double your error rate.” Most other businesses would say the opposite. Thomas Watson knew that failure equals success. Famed Hockey star, Wayne Gretzky said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” It seems that Thomas J Watson and Wayne Gretzky are saying the same thing.
If this is true, why then do so many of us quit when the going gets tough, or stop believing in our dreams? Why do many of us try a little then conclude that it doesn’t work? We do consulting with small businesses, and it is our job to come up with ideas and different ways of doing things. We will ask business owners, have you tried this? Have you tried that? What about this? What about that? Many times, we hear this kind of answer: “We tried that, but that doesn’t work, or we tried that, but it didn’t produce any results.” Then we ‘swim upstream’ a bit more and ask, how many times did you try it? What did you change about it the next time? Well, you probably get the idea. Some people try so little that it would be a wonder if it did work.
As Anthony Robbins says, “. . . The power of continuously pursuing their vision. . .” That would be called commitment; staying the course; finding a way; trying new things; trying them again and again, and even failing again and again. The past does not equal the future unless we allow it to. The greatest benefit that we have in life is our ability to change. We can change location, change our thinking, change our actions. How glorious to be able to change any time we decide to do so. What power resides in this ability.
Continue to believe in your dreams and yourself as a creator. You have far more power than you can now imagine and it awaits your command. More than this, it awaits your belief. Just think if Superman didn’t believe he had the power. You do have it. We all do. Think of your power as if it were a jet engine mounted in a subcompact car. That’s what I’m talking about!