Word-Of-the-Week #789: Failure

September 19, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Failure a person or thing that is unsuccessful or disappointing.

Do you see failure as a negative? Have you ever turned a failure into a success by learning from your mistake? Would you find it embarrassing to share your failures publicly?

This seemed like the perfect follow up to last week’s WOW so I am taking the liberty of re-running it. LA Times article written by Nita Lelyveld titled, “A boss’ convincing fails pitch.” She writes, What if you were asked to write your failures on a wall, in indelible ink, for everyone to see? Would you make a confession? Would you bare your soul? What if the person doing the asking was your boss?

Jeff Stibel, chief executive of Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp., likes to keep his Malibu headquarters hopping. He came up with the Failure Wall one night late in 2010 when he was having a glass of wine with his wife. They were toasting a business success. Stibel said he found failure more fruitful.  

He said, “I love celebrating successes – we do it all the time – but personally they do nothing. I can never tell whether it was lucky, whether it was the right time, whether it was an accident. But when I fail, I always know why I failed and I usually don’t make that mistake twice.”

He started his Failure Wall late one night with the help of his assistant. They started by stenciling quotations from famous people on a white 15’ X 10’wall. “Then, with a permanent Sharpie, Stibel scrawled what he deemed a personal failure: He’d waited too long to start having kids. Others soon followed.” 

All disclosures are signed. That’s part of the idea. To grow from mistakes, you have to own them.  

This week’s focus is on fruitful failure. How would it feel to keep track of your failures like you do your successes? Could you openly bare your soul to your boss? Have you ever had a positive experience as a result of a failure?

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Word-Of-the-Week #788: Successful

September 12, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Successfulhaving achieved wealth or desired visions and planned goals.

Do you consider yourself to be a successful person? Do you know anyone that you consider successful? Is it because they have great wealth? What great achievements have you made?

Would you agree that Warren Buffet is successful? He certainly has made lots of money and to be one of his investors requires loads of money. He is the Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. Class A shares of their stock sold for $99,200 as of December 31, 2009, making them the highest-priced shares on the New York Stock Exchange, in part because they have never had a stock split and never paid a dividend.

This week’s word comes from long time friend and subscriber Sandra who responded to the WOW on Achievement by asking, “More importantly lately the question is, what is success?” This comes from my archives over eight years ago and is still relative today.

Success As An Iceberg by Chad Dorman

Last week Buffett hosted an exclusive two-hour retreat for 160 students from eight universities. Can you imagine how exciting it would be to be one of the selected students? What questions would you want to ask Warren? Do you think all he would talk about is the economy, finances, and business?

A SD Tribune article by Pat Flynn, quoted what Buffett thought were three of the biggest ways to be successful. First he said, “Recognize the good qualities you see in other people and adopt them for yourself.” Second, “He emphasized that doing what you like is the most important thing.” And third he said, “If you want to be successful, be the type of person other people want to work with.”

I was so impressed by what he told the students! I have always believed that money in and of itself does not make one successful. I also think we don’t give ourselves enough credit for the achievements we have made. Would you agree?

FUN-fact – Today Berkshire Hathaway Class A shares are selling for $315,000 a share!

This week focus on Warren’s three keys to success. What good qualities do you see in others that you could adopt? Are you doing what you like? How easy is it for to attract and keep quality people in your business and personal life?

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Word-Of-the-Week #787: Interested

September 5, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Interested wanting to give your attention to something and discover more about it; curiosity.  

When was the last time you wanted to know or learn about something? How motivated were you to follow through and actually do it? Are you naturally curious?

Once again, Steve Strauss, author of STEVE’S 3-MINUTE COACHING, sent a very thought provoking piece!

Great Question: Interested?

(Great questions lead to great answers; weak questions, weak ones.)

“What interests me?”

Coaching Point: It has become popular to talk about passion. “What are you passionate about?” “Without passion life is dull.” “Follow your passion.” Passion has a point, but it can become consuming and draining. To be Interested is on Passion’s scale, just not so intense.

What’s it like when you’re interested in something – an event, a person, an activity, an item? Interested has its own energy. It creates focus. It can engage others.

When you’re interested you’ll investigate and learn. (Some of you are ‘wired’ to learn, so you can’t help it!) Discovery is a byproduct. Much is created from the simple motivation interest provides.

Interest is ‘clean,’ usually not needy or coming from a place of scarcity. And self-motivating. It’s healthy to think about what interests you.

“What does interest you?

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Word-Of-the-Week #786: Regrets

August 29, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Regretsfeelings of disappointment or distress about something that one wishes could be different.

Do you wish anything in your life were different? Do you have any unfulfilled dreams? Do you ever feel disappointed about choices you have or have not made?

This week long time friend Joe and subscriber had this response to Hakuna Matata . “William Faulkner wrote that “The past is not dead. It is not even past.”

What I have learned over the past 10 years is that whatever has happened to me in the past has helped shape who I am today.

I neither regret it, nor do I want to return to it. As you noted in your piece, it is what it is.

Even when I have looked back today, I would make the same decisions again if I had the chance. And in almost every case, I am glad that I made those decisions, because in retrospect if I had taken another route, especially in my personal life, my life might not be as good and fulfilling as it is today.

So, I don’t dwell on what I did or did not do when I was younger. What I always look for in my life is to not have regrets, especially in relationships.

As I look back on the relationships I have had with my family – my late younger brother, parents, nephew and numerous family friends – I have always made a point of being there and making time and taking advantage of opportunities that might never come along again.

Life is so much easier when we don’t have regrets. It makes it that much easier to live in the present.

And the present, Susan, is a wonderful gift.”

And like Joe, I don’t have any regrets. I’m not proud of some of the things I have done and would have liked moving thru some periods quicker… or done things differently… or made better choices. It’s always easier to see things in hindsight. But I am the sum total of all my experiences…so to have regrets would mean that I am disappointed in myself.

This week’s focus is on not having regrets. Do you dwell on things that you did or didn’t do years ago? Would you be upset if someone suddenly died and you wished you had told or did something for them? Do you make a point to nurture and create close relationships?

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