It’s OK, Not OK.
I saw this Pictorial series below by Useful Gen and thought I would share it with the readers. I found these very motivating and thought provoking.
Most OutStanding people I have met in my life, have chosen to Stand OUT and take a call on what Purpose they wish to pursue in life and have become OUTSTANDING in their chosen field of activity. Most of us though, sometimes are victims of circumstances genuinely and other times make true the saying ‘ “you can justify anything” and try and justify our unlimited supply of excuses and try and Remain where we are or Just Fit In while the Outstanding People ‘Just Do It’ by taking a Leap of Faith in the Sea full of Risks – known and unknown.
It is difficult, I realise initially to deal with the people who believe, speak and act differently. We need to hone our senses and listen to them carefully and the more we keep quiet – the more we listen and all intelligent queries are answered by the ‘Different Thinking’ people because they have 1. Dreamt it 2. Rationalised it 3. They have foreseen the future 4. They have decided to live in that future 5 Which often means they have decided to create that future and 6. They have a plan ready about Who, What, When and Why in their minds or in their Strategy notes. For the attentive listener/ appreciative inquirer – they Open up and share most of their thoughts – not with a mind to convince or convert but just to satiate your intelligent queries.
Failure does not mean you need to Give Up. It simply means that we left few gaps unfilled and did not foresee the new weaknesses which emerged while playing the game which made us lose.
Failure also does not mean you play the same game again and again to Master it as you may not have enough resources or time left to do that and the new weaknesses/ Risks and Gaps which lead to the failure may not be affordable to overcome immediately. So what should one do? IMHO – Park the thought for a better time when you are Ready with Time, Money, Materials and other Resources, tools and techniques and a well thought through plan. It helps.
In the interim, one should change course and do what one does best – sometimes for others for a price. This must be done with a mind to recoup the losses and an eye on re=building what you lost – the failure ( in this case I am considering a business/ a start up).
Recently, on a Crowdfunding site, I had backed someone who missed the funding opportunity by a whisker and I had the similar advice to them – Reconstruct, Reposition. Look at the Product, Pricing, Positioning once again and rebuild the advertising campaign with few modifications. These youngsters had two products but they were promoting one while the other was a useful item but was being given away to backers as gift and I felt it had the potential to be a standalone success.
I guess, many of us would have felt this phenomenon and I liked this graphic by Useful Gen and reproduced for you.
At the workplace, I have believed “Give people voice, once they have got their voice – you will find yours” and trust me when I say this – I have found it true most of the times. Regular staff meetings, Townhall, quality circles even informal meetings, get togethers or functions are opportunities for letting people speak up. Once they see you listening – they believe that you are responsive ( even if you wish to mull over their thoughts, ideas and suggestions and may not decide right away) they feel comfortable that their opinion matters, they are heard.
I believe in this so much. We are not Omnipotent, we are not omniscient, We are not Gods, We are not super humans and we can not even fathom ever 1 percent of the knowledge there is in this world. Thus, pretending to know when we don’t is where the above graphic and the saying comes very useful. I have seen people appreciating whole-heartedly if I said – I am not an exper on this subject – if you wish I can help you source one or you may search thru your own network. Being Cogent, forthright in this area is most liked by people.
As I said above about Failure – sometimes it is time to move one, it is futile to keep doing the same thing and failing to the new weaknesses, new risks which make us fail inspite of all possible good preparations and plans.