This is how we learn.Correcting and capitalizing on a big missed opportunity leads to true success. By worshiping conceptual success, we create a culture that celebrates the status quo. To truly succeed in building strong individuals, companies, communities, and regions, we must not fear failure. The trick lies in not making the same mistake(s) twice. Just listen to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: “Basically, any mistake that you think you can make,” he says, “I’ve probably made or will make in the next few years.” In the business world, several core principles stay the same, but many speci c strategies change signi cantly over time. While I understand that success has many de nitions, for most businesses it still entails providing value, creating strong customer engagement, and generating a positive bottom line. What has and will continue to change, though, is the speed with which the world is churning. The strategies of past successes simply will not continue to chart the best course for the future. And the only way you, as the leader of your team, can set positive new courses and implement successful new strategies is to expand your collective ability to push the envelope.
Experiment. Learn. Fail. Create. Succeed.Napoleon Hill, author of the instructional book Think and Grow Rich, echoes these sentiments: “Your shortest route to success is failure,” he writes. “Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater bene t.” As for me, I continue to learn.
Karen Behune Plunkett is Principal at PinPoint Strategic Direction, an advisory and strategic consulting firm, encouraging entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations to effectively identify goals and priorities. www.pinpointsd.com