Lesson 5 From Average Joe: The Power Of Intelligent Failure
I was asked to be the closing speaker at a business rally last week, at which I met one of the highest performing salesmen in the nation. He looked very much like an average-Joe; nothing outstanding about him. But, the moment this fellow got up to speak, I could see that he had honed a skill that arouses the listener’s emotions. He knew exactly what was going on in the minds of his audience, and he knew how to push buttons. It was magical how he could get the whole room to cheer enthusiastically.
This so called ‘average-Joe’ was not average at all; he’d refined the knack of seeing beyond the shallow facades that most folks put forward. His insight was his power. He was not only considered a dynamic salesman who was breaking company records consistently, he was also considered to be a very gentle and kindly person. I invited him to lunch the next day, and here is one of the lessons he taught me as I ate my tuna fish sandwich:
Learn the power of intelligent failure. This means to examine your mistakes to find the lessons they offer you. See every failure as a means of broadening your success record. Do not associate fear with failure; associate with experimentation. Ask yourself, “What can I learn from my experiment so that I may learn to succeed with greater speed.”
Do you pull apart your mistakes to find the success-lessons it offers?
Do you consider your attempts to succeed as experiments to attain greater success-speed?
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