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Turning 'Failure' into Success



Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement.
Henry Ford


Have you ever had plans which have gone horribly wrong?  You have great expectations, you know exactly how it will turn out - and then it falls completely on its face and seems a waste of time.

But is it?

Sometimes, it can actually be the best thing that could happen.  Now, I am not saying that seeing your plans go wrong is comfortable and I can certainly understand moments when you want to throw your toys out of the pram.  But once you have got over the initial disappointment, it can be amazing to see the positives which can come out of these situations, the lessons which can be learnt.

Let me give you an example.  When I was starting out with Catching Fireworks®, I wrote a workshop, because that was the sort of thing I saw other people doing, the sort of thing I ‘should’ do.  I planned the whole thing, got the venue booked and marketed it like mad.  Unfortunately, there were things, important things, I hadn’t thought about such as not having built up a reputation, so why would people pay to participate, and such as not really wanting to do it as it was not an environment in which I was comfortable at that time.  After spending a great deal of time writing, planning and promoting the event, I had to cancel it as I only had 1 taker.  I felt a complete chump and had a few days where I licked my wounds for a bit, blasted myself for not thinking things through, for looking an idiot, blah, blah, blah.  I filed all the workshop material and pretended it didn’t exist.

A couple of months later, I was sorting out my filing cabinet and pulled out the file.  Luckily, I took the time to read through all the stuff and thought, “there is actually some good stuff in here”.  I revised it and instead of trying to run the workshop again, I turned the material into an ebook, ‘Demystifying the Business Planning Process’, which can be downloaded for free from my website.  The book has had thousands of downloads and gathered some great feedback.  I also developed my Vision talk and Heaven knows, those have both served me well since then, but I really don’t think they would have happened without the ‘doomed’ workshop! 


(I have written before on 'failure'.)


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