I have been working with my private client and good friend Emily for about a year.
Last evening I was out to dinner with her and listened as she excitedly told me about a new job offer from a prestigious employer, a move to the capital city, and all the prospects that the new beginning will bring.
I got to know Emily at a time when she was going through a failing situation. Emily has since evolved to become a stronger, more independent person – a transformation I have found joy in witnessing.
Later that night, I began to contemplate on this concept we call failure. You and I have most certainly known what it’s like to fail.
At the best, a small failure is but an annoyance. At the worst, a big failure can be excruciating and can make you feel like the world has ended.
A significant relationship that ended in separation. A major business venture that fell and left you deep in dept. Or an important competition you didn’t win.
Well, the world didn’t end, and you realise that you are still alive. You have to go on, somehow.
So, how do you dust off the bruised ego and shame you felt of having failed, and go on? More importantly, how do you take what’s been given to you – a failure – and use it to fuel your success?
My mind began to wander to a phenomenon governed by the laws of physics.
Read the full post...