‘Another day of monotony Has gotten me to the point, I’m like a snail I’ve got to formulate a plot ‘fore I end up in jail or shot Success is my only (explicit) option, failure’s not.’ ~ Eminem ‘Lose Yourself’
Is success really the only option?
Winston Churchill said: “Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
We give failure way too much power and credit. Once we fail at something we take it personally and it makes our self-esteem drop like a lead balloon. How are you defining failure? Merriam-Webster says that it is a ‘lack of success or falling short.’ However, it does not say that it is fatal and permanent. Therefore, why are you taking it as it is so?
“Hi. My name is Brian and I am a ‘yesaholic.” “Hi, Brian.”
What is a ‘yesaholic?’
These are the people that cannot say ‘no’ even though they know they should and continue to say ‘yes’ to any request and task asked of them. This is something that has become rampant in the business world. The reasons that I get from my clients is that if they do not say ‘yes’ they may lose an opportunity, they may lose a client and therefore business among a long list of other reasons including; disappointing others, making others angry and portraying that they are incapable or do not care about their careers.
Recently, I was asked if I would shadow an individual while making calls and report back to the Sales Manager as to how our program could make them more productive. This was an unusual request, as I do the shadowing after the program for a day to make sure implementation of the program has happened. However, I knew the manager quite well and, therefore, agreed.
We did not even make the first call as the challenges were immediately evident.
I had a very good friend recently tell me about an experience which made them rather uncomfortable and suspicious. It seems they were asking a certain individual about their business and what it entailed and all they got back were cryptic answers without revealing what and more importantly, why they should get together to discuss the opportunities. After persistent asking, it finally came out. It was a multi-level marketing business.
In today’s world of business, it has been decreed by many that in order to establish oneself as a learned professional in their field, that person must share a portion of that knowledge to the masses so they may actually decide for themselves whether or not they want to avail themselves of your products or service.
Once you have shared that knowledge, or provide an offer such as a consultation at no cost, it is out there and one must accept that fact. Once shared, one cannot complain that it is being used by someone else. You can hope they cite you, but unless it is trademarked or copywritten, anyone can do with it what they please.
Very recently during Challenge Night, where individuals bring their challenges to a session of The Action Suite and as a collective, we work on solutions for them, we do a Challenge Night quarterly and someone brought up the challenge of ‘cold calls.’