Rethinking Failure – It Is Not Black and White

Rethinking Failure – It Is Not Black and White

Failure is a harsh word. But it is often the word we associate with a scenario that doesn’t turn out in the successful, happy, satisfying way that we had originally planned. But I don’t think looking at something as a failure is really helpful.

If something isn’t a success, we often jump to the opposite and call it a failure. But rarely are projects and activities so clearly black and white. In reality, most things we engage in fall along a spectrum. To delineate anything that does not hit the ultimate success mark as a failure is just not fair.  Failure is all about negative connotations. Along with that comes lots of negative emotions – neither of which is usually helpful in the long run. How much better would it be to grade our goals and objectives on a scale, looking at each element and component individually instead of lumping the whole thing into a single pass/fail mark?

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Why Being Smarter Isn’t Enough

Why Being Smarter Isn’t Enough

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Even though I don’t have kids, that does not stop me from watching (and thoroughly enjoying) lots of cartoons.  One of my favorites in the mid to late 90’s was Pinky and the Brain by Warner Bros. The premise of the show is that two genetically altered lab mice share a cage (and are friends). Each episode began with the following dialogue sequence:

Pinky: “Gee, Brain, what do you want to do tonight?”

Brain: “The same thing we do every night, Pinky—try to take over the world!”

And thus the story began!

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Don’t think you qualify as a leader?

Don’t think you qualify as a leader?

Depending upon your personality, being labeled as “leader” can have either very good or very bad connotations. Some of us find ourselves in leadership positions without much effort or trepidation while others try and avoid the role like the plague. Regardless, I believe everyone is called to lead from time to time – and everyone can be a leader. If you’ve been asked to volunteer for a leadership position, it can be helpful to remember the ways you have been a leader in the past. Don’t think you’ve got any? Let me start with some common examples not often tied to the word “leadership.”

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Doing More of What You Already Love Doing

Doing More of What You Already Love Doing

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I am lucky – I have a job that I love, and I am very good at my job! I earn a reasonable living wage! And I don’t take any of this for granted because I know that I am the exception, not the rule. At this point in time, 90% of my income is generated through teaching.

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