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I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
Thinking about Beckham as a player, most people focus on the exceptional goals he scored. However, when he himself reflects on his abilities, he thinks about all of the times he failed to get the ball in the net: “I took a ton of misses before I got it right.”
Expecting perfection only escalates the problem.
Typically people brush failures aside and swiftly move on from them. However, if we invest the resources to find out why mistakes are made and how we can correct them, we’ll be in a position to save time, money, and in some instances lives.
If you want to achieve success and gain the respect of your peers, forget all the negative connotations associated with making a mistake. Don’t deny failure; rather be determined to learn from it. This black box mindset ensures that every mistake is exploited to its fullest to make you and your business better and more successful.
It’s all in our mindset.
However, real success is built on failure.
During a pre-mortem, people don’t consider what might go wrong: rather, they look at the product or service as if it is already dead in the water and try to figure out what caused the death. Pre-mortems are a way to garner the benefits of hindsight and strengthen a plan before it’s even been put into action.
First, redefine failure. Instead of expecting perfection and penalizing yourself when mistakes are made, embrace what you learn from your failures.
And, once you’re aware of any mistake, it is essential that you are determined to learn from it
While most of us try to avoid failure because it damages our self-esteem, black box thinkers like Beckham and Jordan embrace it.
I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
Think of mistakes as the gap between what you were hoping would happen and what actually did happen. Obviously, you want to close this gap, but to do this you need a system in place like Toyota’s production system or a pilot’s checklist.
Learning from mistakes does not drain resources; not learning from them does.
If you want to achieve success and gain the respect of your peers, forget all the negative connotations associated with making a mistake. Don’t deny failure; rather be determined to learn from it. This black box mindset ensures that every mistake is exploited to its fullest to make you and your business better and more successful.
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