Take a moment to think about a time in your life when you failed at something. Not something small, like spilling your coffee on your morning commute, but something more meaningful. As you play through this event in your mind, focus on the emotions you feel about your failure. If you are like most people, you probably feel something like regret, shame, guilt, or some other negative emotion. What if it doesn’t have to be this way? What if you could look back on this event and, instead of regretting that it happened, feel fortunate that you had this learning opportunity? Furthermore, what if you could turn your failures into stepping stones on your path to success?
This is the opening to my newest, Roll Models talk, “Keep Failing,” that I gave today to the staff of Gasvoda and Associates. First, I have to say that they were a great audience, and I had a great time speaking for them. I felt like they connected with me, and that they enjoyed my message. I hope that they were inspired and motivated to achieve the great things they are capable of, and that they remember my words when they fail along the way, because they now have all the tools they need to become a “successful failure.” At the very least, I hope they enjoyed hearing my talk as much as I enjoyed giving it.