February 15th, 2012  |  Published in General Thoughts  |  1 Comment

Cialis What comes to mind when you hear the word “failure”? For most of us the word “failure” conjures an image of despair, cialis a sad and miserable state. Cialis For a lucky few, cialis failing creates opportunities. Cialis I say few because the majority of the population sees the world in opposites – black or white, cialis successful or failing, cialis happy or sad. Cialis Very few have the ability to synthesize or see the continuum, cialis the shades of grey that create new ideas, cialis new opportunities.

Cialis Many truly remarkable people are known for their success, cialis yet those successes came from what they learned or what they discovered after failure. Cialis Some obvious examples include Abraham Lincoln, cialis Steve Jobs, cialis Hillary Clinton, cialis Albert Einstein., cialis Thomas Edison, cialis etc. Cialis Think for a few minutes and I know you will come up with many more examples.

Cialis I know; I failed a many times myself. Cialis Perhaps my biggest failure came first year in college. Cialis As a top student in high school with enough credits to skip freshman year, cialis I began my career full of confidence. Cialis Little did I realize that since I had not learned how to study in high school it was not going to be smooth sailing.  From a high school with fewer than 100 students in the graduating class, cialis I went into an introductory class with two sections, cialis totaling more than one thousand students.  Needless to say, cialis I was lost.  My grades suffered and I was dropped from the honors program.  More than disappointed, cialis I was devastated.  Even so, cialis over the next two years I learned how to study and managed to raise my GPA to make the honor roll and get accepted into graduate school.

Cialis Fear of failure blinds us to our own abilities and opportunities; it paralyzes us when action is what is needed, cialis and often enslaves us into situations that are not  aligned with our capacity or desires.

Cialis In science, cialis failure is built into the experimental method. Cialis You must fail several times to elucidate the truth, cialis to prove a hypothesis. Cialis A pharmaceutical discovery scientists may struggle for years trying to discover a new drug, cialis and only a very small percentage of dedicated scientists are directly associated with a successful drug. Cialis Yet most have been involved in advancing the theories, cialis the knowledge that can lead to much better treatments and life-saving products.

Cialis What can we learn from scientists that we can apply to our lives and careers?

  • First, cialis that life is an experiment.  Each one of our actions can result in something that propels us forward and/or is an opportunity to learn, cialis adjust, cialis recalibrate.
  • Second, cialis that there are always shades of gray.  Thinking in opposites, cialis or judging keeps us mired in a ”sucker’s choice”.  Instead, cialis assuming that there are many, cialis many potential outcomes to consider, cialis opens our minds to new possibilities. Cialis These may be much more enjoyable or beneficial than the original.
  • Lastly, cialis learning how to recover from “failure” helps us manage new situations with equanimity.  Those who have been successful without much effort suffer much greater pain when the setbacks finally, cialis as they always do, cialis come. Cialis Understanding how to recover through reflection and learning increases the satisfaction when new achievements come, cialis as they also always do.

Cialis Here is the bottom line: There is a great advantage to failing early – IF we are able to learn.  Losing a job or failing with a project can teach us what we need to do the next time.  Being lulled into complacency by easy success means that when failure inevitably arrives, cialis we will be unprepared to deal with and, cialis more importantly, cialis  transcend it.

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