Ways to distinguish yourself – #19 Get back on your feet – Fast!

Ways to distinguish yourself – #19 Get back on your feet – Fast!

By Rajesh Setty on Fri 08 Apr 2005, 6:52 PM – Leave Comment

Talk about anything significant – you have a set of rules. Some are

global and some are specific to a particular situation. One rule that

has been time tested in life is that “sometimes you win and sometimes you lose”

However smart you are there are times when you will goof up or fail. How

fast you recover from a goof up or failure will be a key factor in

determining whether you are part of the statistics or you will be a

stand out.
One of my friends used to say “either you succeed or

you LEARN”. Actually, failure is not the problem in most cases. What

you do about the failure is. How quickly do you recover from a failure

and start marching again. In other words, it’s not the falling down but getting up quickly everytime you fall down

that’s important. History is filled with lessons (Abraham Lincoln,

Colonel Sanders etc.) where peole did not accept failure and ultimately


They say that nobody can stop an idea whose time has come. However,

just having an idea rarely makes anyone successful. One needs to

execute on it. Execution is where the rubber meets the road.

Ask any successful person on their journey to success and you will see

that the path was never a straight line. There is no shortcut to

success. One of my all time favorite books The Innovation Paradox  deals

with this concept in great detail.

What I am saying will be very obvious if you look back at your own life

and think through most of the failures. Imagine yourself and think

about the feelings you had right at the moment when the failure

occured. What are your feelings now about the same failure. Very

different, indeed! What looked like a huge failure a few years or

months ago will seem insignificant after some time.  If this is

true, one way to trick your mind is to fast forward your life a bit

whenever a failure occurs and observe what you would think about this

failure when you look back (a few years from now) This is a way of

reframing to help you to get back on the feet.

In summary, I want to say that failures happen and you will fail or fall down

at times. If you want to distinguish yourself, learn to get back on

your feet fast every time you fall down.


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