Everyone wants to hit a home run, but very few people are willing to strike out. It’s basically inevitable to have one without the other. Take it from “The King of Crash,” “The Sultan of Swat,” “The Great Bambino”… Mr. George Herman “Babe” Ruth, Jr., who not only set a MLB record for most home runs in a single season in 1923, but also for most strike outs that same year. He shared a timeless pearl with us when he said, “Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.” At the closing of his professional baseball career he held records that stood in both statistical categories for decades.
So, what’s the point here? Here it is, don’t miss this… If you’re not failing, you’re not growing! Stop trying to be perfect. Squash the preconceived notion that successful people are far more talented than you. Toughness and tenacity have nothing to do with talent, and those who experience massive success usually do so because they have committed to growing through massive failure. The people who tip-toe on egg shells, worrying about messing up, and are scared to look silly in front of others for falling short, never get anything accomplished.
Take the hard-working team at Murakami Manufacturing (MMUS) for example, a client who invited me in quarterly this year for corporate personal growth and development training with their leadership team (approximately 40 leaders). Glen, one of their outstanding servant leaders mentioned at the closing of our last session that they had been hit with several setbacks recently. But he went on to say that it was those very hiccups, missteps, and failures that allowed them to see that they had what it takes to figure things out, grow throught it, and get better as a team.
Just like the team at MMUS, in order to produce, you must be willing to fail your way forward. Failure is a stepping stone to success, so work to fail intelligently so you can learn from your mistakes. And don't be afraid to swing for the fences to double your rate of failure. You will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. Get ready… the bases are loaded and you’re on deck! Get ready to knock it out of the park in 2017!
Love you guys. Let's grow.
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Angie, myself, Glen, and Eric. What a wonderful leadership team the staff at MMUS has. They place a premium on relationships, because they know you can't add value to people unless you value people. And by getting the environment right, they are able to get the job done right. (The 8 C's of Great Leadership - Taylor Leadership Development, LLC)
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