Posts Tagged ‘failure’

Leave the Past Alone

Have you ever known someone who cannot get out of the past? Whether it is their failures or their successes, that’s where they live their life. In another posting, When Planning is a Roadblock, I talked about how people so often cannot move forward either because they cannot plan completely for the future or they cannot escape their past failures. Here I want to focus on getting beyond past failures in order to move forward. Essentially they have to learn to leave the past alone. Read the rest of this entry »

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When Planning is a Roadblock

We’ve all had the experience of planning something in detail, only to see it all go wrong. Don’t let this stop you in your tracks. This idea of things not going as planned is well expressed in the saying, “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry”, which is an adaption of a line from the Robert Burns’ poem To a Mouse. The sentiment of course is that we simply cannot know how things will turn out, not matter how carefully we may plan. That of course is no reason not to plan. But, when I said don’t let this stop you in your tracks I was referring to a different aspect of progress. Read the rest of this entry »

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Stay the Course

Throughout life we hear people say for us to stay the course. For small business that is extremely important. So, continuing the thoughts of an earlier post Don’t Let Failure Stop You let’s look at being persevering.

An Example

The phrase stay the course is commonly used in war time meaning to finish what was started in spite of any hindrances and difficulties. It is really a mindset that Read the rest of this entry »

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Don’t Let Failure Stop You

We all experience failures. In business, just as in our personal life, what we do with the failures matters more than the actual failures.

Failure Is a Certainly

No matter how well we plan and execute, there are times when we will simply fail. Accept it and get on with the show. In other words, Read the rest of this entry »

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Taking Risks is Essential to Business

The unknown can scare anyone, and the more unknown something is the more it can scare us into not acting.

Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

All of us have probably heard numerous times, “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.” I have no idea where this statement originated, but it is certainly true. Oh, I suppose we do occasionally experience an unexpected gain when we have done nothing to cause it, but that is the exception. Read the rest of this entry »

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Get Unstuck

It happens to all of us at some point. We seem to be frozen, unable to move forward. Here are some thoughts on overcoming that.

Mindset

In her terrific book, Mindset, Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D presents a detailed discussion of the impact of mindsets. One of the things I look for when deciding Read the rest of this entry »

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What You Say Matters

A Bad Experience

Recently I was shopping for a gift. What the gift was makes no difference. It was, however, something that was relatively expensive and needed to be researched carefully to be certain the purchase was a wise one.

I went in a store that shall remain nameless and became interested in a particular model. The price was excellent, but still it made sense Read the rest of this entry »

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Necessity of Backups

If you are anything like others, you have undoubtedly experienced the loss of data as a result of an equipment failure or an error. For example, if you work with Microsoft Excel you probably have been working on a spreadsheet and put off saving it. Then there is a power failure and you computer crashes and you lose something you have been working as well as the time devoted to it.

It Can Be Worse

Losing an Excel worksheet is frustrating, but is gets much worse. Suppose you are Read the rest of this entry »

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Seeking Success

Dictionary.com defines success as the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors. That is probably what most of us think of when the think of success. But, I believe it is more than that.

Success from Failure

Some of our greatest successes actually come out of the things we learn when we fail. For example, consider the quote attributed to Thomas Edison as he attempted to make a light bulb. “I have not failed 1,000 times. I have successfully discovered 1,000 ways to NOT make a light bulb.” While there remains some question as to whether Edison really said this, the idea is valid. We often experience Read the rest of this entry »

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The Risks of Suppliers

Every company has vulnerabilities. For example, if you only have one customer or client and you lose them, you are out of business unless you can find at least one new customer. The more common scenario is when a company has multiple customers but one or two customers represent such a significant portion of their business that the loss any of them would considerably alter the picture. This change could be forcing a closure, cutbacks in employees, or other forms of financial belt tightening. Probably you are aware of this risk and are hopefully doing something to mitigate it.

There is another risk that many companies overlook–risks of suppliers.

Dependency

You have undoubtedly heard the expression, Read the rest of this entry »

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