Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Fw: The Power Of Failure

The Power Of Failure

Success doesnt mean avoiding failure. All of us fail. As we travel, we all hit potholes, take wrong
turns, or forget to check the radiator. The only person who avoids failure altogether is the person
who never leaves her driveway. So the real issue is not whether you're going to fail. It's whether
you're going to fail successfully (profiting from your failure). As Nelson Boswell observed, "The
difference between greatness and mediocrity is often how an individual views mistakes." If you want
to continue on the success journey, you need to learn to fail forward.

Unsuccessful people are often so afraid of failure and rejection that they spend their whole lives
avoiding risks or decisions that could lead to failure. They don't realize that success is based on
their ability to fail and continue trying. When you have the right attitude, failure is neither
fatal nor final. In fact, it can be a springboard to success. Leadership expert Warren Bennie
interviewed seventy of the nation's top performers in various fields and found that none of them
viewed their mistakes as failures. When talking about them, they referred to their "learning
experiences", "tuition paid", "detours", and "opportunities for growth."

Successful people dont let failure go to their heads. Instead of dwelling on the negative
consequences of failure, thinking of what might have been and how things haven't worked out, they
focus on the rewards of success: learning from their mistakes and thinking about how whey can
improve themselves and their situations.

.................. Your Road Map For Success (John C Maxwell)

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Obstacle in Your Path

The Obstacle In Your Path
Long ago, in a land not so far away, a King had a large boulder placed upon a roadway. He then hid
himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge stone.

To his surprise, many of the King's wealthiest merchants came along and simply chose to walk around
it... Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but no one even attempted to move
this massive hindrance out of the way.

By and by, a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Approaching the boulder, the peasant
laid down his burden, and tried to move the stone to one side of the road. After much toil, pushing
and straining, he finally succeeded.

As the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying on the road where he had
displaced the immense rock... The purse contained many gold coins, along with a note from the King
indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway.

That day the peasant learned what many will never understand—that every obstacle presents an
opportunity to improve one's condition. Indeed, it could be argued that all of us have something in
our way... And, too, all of us have the same choice—accept things as they are, or make a change. Now
that you have been introduced to our business, that choice belongs to you....

emailed by Carmen Yoong Peet Foong

When Failure Gets You By Heart


Let's face it. Failure can be very painful - sometimes physically and more often emotionally. Seeing
part of your vision fall flat really hurts. And if people heap ridicule on top of your hurt
feelings,you feel even worse. The first important step in weathering failure is learning to not
personalize it - making sure you know that your failure does not make you a failure. But there's
more to it than that. For many people the pain of failure leads to fear of failure. And they become
like the person who says "I'm too old to cry, but it hurts too much to laugh." That's when many
people get stuck in the fear cycle. And if fear overcomes you, it's almost impossible to fail

Playwright George Bernard Shaw asserted, "A life spent in making mistakes is not only more honorable
but more useful than a life spent doing nothing." To overcome fear and break the cycle, you have to
be willing to recognize that you will spend much of your life making mistakes. The bad news is that
if you have been inactive for a long time, getting started is hard to do. The good news is that as
soon as you start moving, it gets easier.

If you can take action and keep making mistakes, you gain experience. That's why President Theodore
Roosevelt said, "He who makes no mistakes makes no progress. That experience eventually brings
competence, and you make fewer mistakes. As a result, your fear becomes less paralyzing. But the
whole cycle-breaking process starts with action. You must act your way into feeling, not wait for
positive emotions to carry you forward.

- Failing Forward (John C Maxwell)

Remember the above whenever you fear "rejections" ..


sent by my dearest mentor..Ms Lu Yong Yong

Friday, December 4, 2009

Success with actions

Success with actions

Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving.
They make mistakes, but they don't quit.- Conrad Hilton

You'll never plow a field by turning it over in your mind
- Irish proverb