Lessons from Failure #4: Get Up and Try Again

michael jordan tryingWhen it comes to quotes and stories about failure, one of the best is today’s quote from Michael Jordan. He’s a man who can talk about failure because he has experienced more failures than many.

 

I can accept failure; everyone fails at something. But I cannot accept not trying. ~Michael Jordan

 

We all want to be told it’s OK when we fail. We want others to just make us feel good again. We want to lie inside that failure and we use the excuse of failure to not get back up.

One of the driving points in my life has been the many places I have met people like this in all my travels over the years. It’s a common story you hear of the high school sports star who had early success and fame. Once high school or college days were done, they hit a wall of failure, from injuries to not making the next level of team.

When many people hit the wall of failure in one area, they think life is over. But it’s not; they must turn to another area and start over, recreate themselves again. Many of the successful athletes from days past do this. They move to coaching or TV announcer, maybe actor. The list goes on.

They let the problems of life get them down, things like the loss of a family member or close friend. If you recall, Michael Jordan stepped away from playing basketball when he lost his father. After some time away, he attempted to play baseball, went back to basketball, and he has been in commercials and acted in movies.

No matter what it is you are facing right now, if your business or dream is not working the way you want it to, the only way to change that is get back up and TRY again when you get knocked down.

What are you facing right now that you just can’t seem to step over and get past? What are you doing to make that next step? What will you try to do next? Those who become the biggest success stories are the ones who faced the worst problems and said, “Let me try this instead.”

When you hit a wall, start looking for the door, window, or edge of the wall to get around it. If you cannot find the door, the window, or edge of the wall, start climbing to get over it.

Time for action. What are you going to do today to change your situation? If you failed today promise me you will get up and try again.

RockStar  Tim Gillette I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream, find what you love to do and become highly profitable doing it. Are you ready to make changes to rock your 2013?

 

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5 Tips From Failure #1: Get Rid of That Fear of Failure

I wanted to find some great lessons from failure to share with you this week. Most people will avoid this subject, as they have a great fear that they will fail. This week I want to give you five tips to learn from failures in your life and business.

 

In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.

~Bill Cosby

 

Did you ever notice that those people who never seem to find success are usually the ones who have a great fear of failure? They want to be successful but are never willing to take the risks to achieve that success. When I think of those times I stopped or let someone give me an opinion that stopped me from taking a risk, usually it was my fear of failure that held me back.

In all my years as an entrepreneur, I must say that the toughest thing to learn was that I needed to take risks. What it takes to achieve success is often outside of my comfort zone but until I am willing to get uncomfortable and take a chance of falling on my face, success will be out of reach.

The great thing about the internet today is you can research so many things to find out what someone else has done and this is a great place to start as you are looking for things to learn to help you overcome your fear. If you want to have success you must get over that fear of failure. What will you do this week to overcome your fear of failure?

RockStar  Tim Gillette I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream, find what you love to do and become highly profitable doing it. Are you ready to make changes to rock your 2013?

 

UPDATE: As of July 2o15 Bill Cosby has been showing some of his faults over the years. While we do not approve of his actions, I think the quote we used really shows we must have a desire to succeed. I hope you use the quote and not discredit it based on someones choices, the quote still is as true as it was if anyone would have said it.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Quotes: “You Gotta Love What You Do”

Duff McKaganWhen it comes to finding your niche in this world you must find what you like first.

 

“When Van Halen started out, there was no path to fame. We just played what we liked. Even today it always comes down to the simplicity of rock and roll.”

~Eddie Van Halen

 

I have to repeat this so many times when speaking on stages, when hosting my own events, and when coaching clients to live the entrepreneur life. It’s as simple as Rock ‘n’ Roll, just like Eddie said. You have to play what you like.

If you are building a business just for the money, you have already failed. This past weekend, I heard Duff McKagan of Guns ‘n’ Roses say his greatest joy in life is now being with his family, doing what he loves to do. He loves this life with them now more than all those years of fame and money he found being on the road.

What will you do with your life? Where is your vision of success now? What do you love to do, and would you do it even if you were not paid?

RockStar  Tim Gillette I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream, find what you love to do and become highly profitable doing it. Are you ready to make changes to rock your 2013?

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Ben Affleck Takes the Stage Again

We all want that second chance; we made a mistake once and we feel they will just not let us do that again. Ben Affleck made another appearance and it was highly mentioned that it was 15 years since he won his last Oscar.

He made a heartfelt speech and as a result, many of the articles I read talked about how much one can change over the years. I wonder how many people will work at making changes to what they do in life in order to see the award even 15 years later.

This week in our talk of changes in our world, and the view of Ben Affleck on stage shows that over time we all change. We all, with the proper growth, can reach the level of success we want. Will you make that change to improve?

I thought of all the things I’ve grown through in the past 15 years, what I was dealing with the last time Ben Affleck was on stage as a young man. Do you remember the movie? You see, the last time Ben was on that stage was with Matt Damon as one of the writers of the movie, “Good Will Hunting.”

When I work with people, one important conversation we have is when I ask them to tell me about their greatest successes and their greatest failures. Then I ask them how they can correct the failures and build on the successes of their life and business.

Helping people to find success is a tough thing to do. Some people never seem to get back up when they fall as we shared yesterday. Some become successful early and fail at how they handle it. It takes a long time to recover from those mistakes.

When you succeed, how you handle it tells so much about how successful you really are. Now in saying this, I am not putting down Ben, or how his speech this time or last time was interpreted. I wanted to use this to underscore this point: how long has it been since your last success? Have you grown and learned since that success?

How long has it been since you have learned from a failure? Are you daily looking for places to grow in your life and business? No matter the failure, no matter the success, you have to learn from every success and every failure.

This world changes every day, we need to be learning and growing. If you want to make history and change the world it starts with you. Take steps to insure your growth; if you succeed or if you fail, you have to get up and continue to make changes to make history. What will you change in your world this week to make history?

RockStar  Tim Gillette I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream, find what you love to do and become highly profitable doing it. Are you ready to make changes to rock your 2013?

Become a Person of Your Word

forked road We are now over the halfway part of the month and I was thinking back to the time of life when I worked a job and the two times of month that were good and bad. When I worked some jobs, paydays were the 1st and 15th—they were both bad and good days.

We loved payday because it was the day we had money, which meant we could go and party with our friends. Maybe it was time to finally purchase that toy or trinket we wanted.

The bad is that it was the day of the month that we had to pay the bills. We love the income but hate to watch it go. When it comes to money I have noticed many times that money is used to bring out a point. I noticed this often when listening to Bible stories as a child.

So we like the paydays, but hate to watch the money go out just like it came in. One thing most people don’t experience while working a job is wondering if that paycheck was going to be there. You see if the employer did not pay, usually they did not have workers the next week.

I want you to think about this when it comes to planning in your life. Are you a person of your word? When you say “Yes” does that really mean yes? When you say “No” is your answer truly no?

If your boss did not give you a paycheck you had earned on payday, would you go back? Well, if you told someone they could count on you, then you did not do keep your word, would you expect them to ever trust you again? If you did not keep your word or keep your commitment, like that boss who did not give you a paycheck for your work, would you go back? Well

Call to action:

Decide to never hit the “maybe” button again; remove the word “maybe” from your answers. Answer “Yes” or “No” and let your yes be yes and your no mean no.

Learn the art of saying “Yes” and finding a way to make it happen.

Learn when it is time to walk away and say “No.” This is often harder than saying “Yes.” But when you have direction in life, when you live with purpose you know when it’s time to say “No” to something.

Have a great weekend; see you again on Monday for another great week of posts.

RockStar  Tim Gillette I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream, to love what you do and make the changes needed to make 2013 rock.

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