I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue No. 33

This week’s reflection point: I just had the great pleasure of having my grandkids here for a visit. While observing them, it struck me how resilient and open-minded kids are when faced with trying new things and overcoming failures.

While visiting a children’s amusement park, there was not one single ride they would not want to try, even the rollercoaster, which luckily would not fit me. Even when we set up the slip-n-slide for their enjoyment, there was not one hint of fear. When they fell, they got right back up and tried again with no affect on their confidence.

As adults there is so much we can learn from this.

Unfortunately and frequently, I come across clients and prospects that either give up at the first sign of adversity or at the first sign of failure. As adults we need to remember the old saying we learned as kids: “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”

This is true for both your personal and business lives. Whether you have just launched your new web presence, a new consulting business or a new book, success takes hard work and is usually achieved through the many failures that preceded it.

The key lesson we can all learn from our children is to overcome our fear of failure. Instead of letting our failures bring us down, we need to learn to be resilient and use them to propel us forward to greater success.

This week’s tip: Fall and get up!

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