Failure is Not Fatal
One of the better sources for business success I have found is by observing everyday life and applying the principles I’ve learned to what we do inside our organizations. A great example is a recent ski trip to Vail Colorado and watching snow boarders who were still in their teens or younger. They gather their courage at the edge of the run and dive straight in. The kids attempt a trick or move, and I can tell you the majority of the time they fail and “kiss the snow.” When they fall, they pop back up and turn around and try it again… and again, until they get it or run out of sunlight. There is even a fairly good crowd gathered that will hoot, howl and whistle at epic failures. It is counterintuitive, but these kids are celebrating the failure they just watched - knowing the success it will lead to. These kids understand something that many organizations miss, that one key ingredient to getting better at snowboarding [or anything] is failure. You will not get better unless you take some risks and fail, then try again until you accomplish what you set out to do.