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Thought for the Week
Your Success Thought for the Week of July 8, 2009
Error or Failure?
A ski instructor shared his philosophy for developing great skiers:  "They need to be willing to fall.  If I don't see students fall occasionally, I know they aren't pushing themselves hard enough to learn and develop new skills." 
How do students know what they're capable of experiencing or accomplishing if they hold themselves back through fear of falling?
"To fall is not failure; it is simply an education of what doesn't work."
The same philosophy applies to most professional endeavors.  We too often confuse making a simple mistake with being a failure. 
I've come across many who are so frightened of failure that their courage and creativity have been replaced with fear.  For some it is 'ego,' not wanting others to see them less than perfect.  For others, it's fear of losing their jobs. 
Either way, judging a simple 'error' as 'failure' does not serve you.
Read the biography of any great person and you'll know how many times they made mistakes along the way to their success. 
Babe Ruth struck out 1330 times to attain his astonishing 714 home runs.  He didn't stop to criticize himself or allow these 'errors' to hold him back.  His view:  "Every strike brings me closer to the next home run."
Walt Disney declared bankruptcy on his way to creating Disneyland.  Below please find quotes from others who have been willing to make mistakes in the name of creating greater successes:
Richard Branson
If you aren't willing to try everything and make a mistake,
then you'll never make anything of yourself.
Winston Churchill 
The maxim "nothing but perfection" may be spelled "paralysis."
Vincent van Gogh
It is better to be high-spirited even though one makes more mistakes,
than to be narrow-minded and all too prudent.
Conrad Hilton
Success seems to be connected with action.
Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit.
This week, notice your inner self-talk with respect to making mistakes.  How judgmental are you?  How fearful are you of being criticized?  Are you confusing supportive feedback with criticism? 
Is it OK to 'fall' in an effort to move forward with a new idea that you just know will work?  Are you holding back for fear of not doing the right thing?  Whose approval do you need?   What do you need to remove your fear of failure?
Surprise yourself - ask for feedback - be willing to 'fall' in the name of success!
Enjoy your discoveries and have an grand week.

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