Glenn Moore, a Winning Oklahoma Girls Basketball Coach, Hall of Famer, and inspiration to me, wrote this tag-line in his book, “The Handbook for Success.” A tag-line that, unfortunately, is something we all need to be reminded of in business and in sports. Successes of the Past are More Real Than the Failures of The Future!
Many view failure is the end, yet as Winston Churchill said, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” And yet, truth be told, too many are afraid to fail. Result we fail to take chances, we fail to keep trying, and in the end, we fail to innovate.
A fear of honesty, transparency, and even frankness limits creativity! Producing comfortable outcomes by performing the same way we did yesterday. Not sure who was the first to say it, but the idiom nothing changes if nothing changes is certainly true. We become mediocre.
To me mediocrity IS failing.
Want to be effective? Then emulate those who were or are successful today. Take chances, try things, and keep improving by getting comfortable feeling uncomfortable. Thomas Edison said, “I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
Define where you want to end up. Research and Understand what it takes to get there, ask what-if, take a chance, adjust, then keep trying.
In the end what is the worst that could happen? You’re one step closer to success.
Until next blog remember successes of the pasts are real!