“The need for approval and the fear of failure are just two sides to the same coin.” ~Matt McWilliams
“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” ~Winston Churchill
Thank you for making the past two years amazing.
Tomorrow marks the two year anniversary of me starting this blog. I realize that most of you reading this haven’t been here that long. One of my favorite parts of doing this is welcoming new members to the community every day.
Every year, I revisit my inaugural post, entitled Beginnings (Or…The Declarations of a Failure). It’s an important exercise for me to look back to how it all began and to reconsider my original thoughts. After all, our greatest lessons in life come from studying our past.
Two years ago tomorrow, I launched my blog for that very reason. To learn from my own past and to share my life, my failures, my successes, my heartaches, and triumphs with others. They are all a part of my learning.
I originally declared, as you will read below, that “I am a failure.” I didn’t mean it in a “poor me” way, but rather an “I’m okay with that” way. However, I’ve since learned that my declaration that “I am a failure,” was misguided. It was wrong.
If you want to change the world, there are certain attitudes you must adopt.
They are non-negotiable, absolutely essential to success, and you will notice them among all successful people.
NOTE: I go more in-depth and share some personal stories in the audio. Click the play button above to listen.
#1 I am a risk taker
World changers take risks.
They do as Reid Hoffman, one of the co-founders of LinkedIn, suggests. They jump off a cliff and then assemble an airplane on the way down. They demonstrate faith, which Martin Luther King, Jr. described as taking the first step on a staircase when you don’t even see the second step.
What price are you willing to pay to achieve your dreams? What sacrifices are you willing to make to support someone else’s dreams? This is a story of sacrifice, heartache, and impossible dreams. It’s also the story of determination, love, and eventually…a man living out his dreams.
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Sports journalists aren’t supposed to tell you to root for someone.
They are supposed to report the news, stick to the facts, and leave it at that. But this story makes that impossible. This story has an underdog, someone who shouldn’t be there, someone for whom even the most hardened of sports journalists must cheer. And tell the world to do the same.
Leaders usually fail for three reasons.
Watching the downfall of a leader is one of the saddest things I’ve ever seen. Living it, as I have, is even worse.
If you have failed as a leader, read this as a reminder of why and learn from it anew. If you are a successful leader, read this as a warning. If you want to be a leader someday, let this be a call to rise above these typical downfalls and lead with unfailing character and principles.
In middle school, I learned the concept of transitive relationship. If A = B and B = C, then A = C.
Leaders are people. People fail. Therefore, leaders fail. Great leaders fail a lot.
But great leaders also avoid these three common downfalls which often lead to fatal failure, the types that end careers, destroy relationships, and are eventually studied by others as examples of how not to lead.
Failure has been defined as the path of least persistence.
Success, then, will always be the path of most resistance.
There will always be pain. There will always be fear. There will always be obstacles and naysayers.
And there will always, always, always be hope.
The story of Lincoln
Many of us know the general story of Abraham Lincoln, the poster child for persistence. He had nearly everything go against him and yet, by all accounts, he left a nearly unmatched legacy.
Yikes! I have the power to make someone cry.
That realization came to me on a long walk with a good friend and colleague of mine. We were discussing our business and he told me the story of how earlier in the week something he said to a team member made her cry. That made him realize the magnitude of his position as CEO. He was suddenly aware that he had great power and began to wield that power more carefully.
One of the biggest mistakes a leader can make is to be oblivious to how he/she makes a team member feel.
Let me restate that: One of the biggest mistakes I made as a leader was to be completely oblivious to how my team members felt.
Around that time I had just about perfected the art of making team members cry. The sad thing is that I was completely oblivious to it. Sure, I knew that I sucked as a leader, but I had no concept of the impact I was having on their lives and their emotions.