What is the truth about failure?
There is no failure, only feedback.
You are joking?
No, it's all about perception. If you think you've failed you feel like a failure. And yet when things don't go the way you want them to, it can be the best thing that ever happened. Take Lynda.
Lynda Weinman ran a training company for web designers in the dot com boom.
The dot com bust. Then her students couldn't afford to take her classroom courses anymore. Or the travel costs to get there.
A failure then?
Feedback. She knew she needed to make her courses accessible and affordable. With this feedback she came up with a great idea.
And the great idea was?
To film her courses and put them online. These courses were a fraction of the cost and could be accessed 24/7 from any internet connected computer.
Did it work?
Yes. Lynda.com is now one of the biggest providers of online training in the world. Over the years she's continued to use feedback to get better and better.
Was it easy?
No. There was plenty of feedback to deal with along the way. However, responding to feedback feels lighter and less painful than dealing with failure.
Can I hear it from Lynda?
Yes. Google Lynda.com Scroll down the to very bottom and find About Us. Then click on The Lynda Story. This 'course' is free.
So what's the lesson for me?
You'll feel more resourceful if you stop saying I've failed, and start seeing your setbacks as feedbacks.
Have fun creating your own success story in the months and years ahead.