by Louise Brace
Fact: In work, life and love, we fail.
We would rather that failure wasn’t part of life’s complex strategy, but we do fail nevertheless, repeatedly. And some more spectacularly than others. The key is to accept that the hard work wasn’t in vain and have the courage and stamina to keep going and to move on to bigger and better things. After all if we haven’t experienced failure, how can we know what success feels like?
Did you know: 90% of all startups fail? And some of the most successful entrepreneurs and organizations, were once on the rocky road to failure? Think Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Fedex, Evernote, Airbnb and Kentucky Fried Chicken.
So what changed their ‘luck’ around?
Firstly, there is no correlation between luck and success. As Richard Branson suggests, success stems from hard work and from those who are willing to take risks. That means, picking yourself up from failure and trying again until you succeed.
Through Jurgen Appelo’s Management 3.0 exercise, Celebration Grids, we learn that it is important to celebrate both success and failure. That as long as we are learning all the time, we are on the right path to success. The key is not to keep making the same mistakes over again.
We have to put aside our fear of failing and get on with success. We have to learn to accept rejection and not let it crush our hopes and dreams. And seriously, wouldn’t life be pretty mundane if we didn’t take chances and accept failure as part of life’s learning process?
Many of our Happy Melly team are entrepreneurs and business owners in our own right. We collaborate on Happy Melly because we believe that the future of work rests on creating happier workplaces. And we want to be part of that change. On the flip side, we’re each going through that helter skelter startup ride. If you’ve ever started a business, you’ll know the feeling: one day you’re invincible, the next day you’re not good enough and want to give up. Seriously, what entrepreneur can’t relate to this graphic?
Learn more about Success & Failure and Celebration Grids at a Management 3.0 Workshop: