Archive for March, 2012


Monday Motivation: Reframing failure

Failure is one of those subjects most people really don’t like to talk about. It’s painful. It’s salt in the wound. We’d much rather forget about the incident, than face it head on.

So why is my Monday morning motivational post focusing on the subject that no one wants to talk about? It’s to help you reframe your thoughts on failure and how dealing with it can actually help you succeed. Before we move on, let’s take a look at a few people that failed or were labeled as “failures” by others.

If you’ve ever seen Disney World, or visited it, would you EVER say Walt Disney lacked creativity? Given the opportunity to pick your own basketball team, would you EVER pass up Michael Jordan? I think both answers are firm “no’s”.

How did these people turn things around? Here’s a few rules I’m sure they followed:

1. They understood that THEY were NOT a failure. Failure isn’t a person, it’s an event. If you’ve ever been labeled a failure by someone else, it hurts. But shrug it off, and move on. It will happen in time. Stick with it.

2. They viewed failure as a lesson, not a mistake. Everyone learns lessons. That’s how we grow and become better.

3. Realize that if you have learned from a mistake, that you haven’t really failed.

4. Improve and try to not repeat the same mistakes.

If you’re looking for a great book to read on dealing with mistakes and failures positively, pick up Dr. John Maxwell’s book, Failing Forward. It’s a great resource for picking up and moving forward.

Make today a great Monday!


Monday (poetic) motivation

I’m not a great reader of poetry, but the first time I read this poem, I was hooked. The poem is “If” by Rudyard Kipling. He penned the masterpiece in 1910. it has been called an “exhortation to self-control and stoicism”. Enjoy!


If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:.
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build’em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!


Girl Scout Cookies and Jim Rohn

We’ve spent this week watching and listening to one of America’s most foremost business philosophers, Mr. Jim Rohn. What’s his story? How did he get started? With a box of Girl Scout Cookies. Here’s the story.

There are quite a few golden nuggets of information that Mr. Rohn shares in this video, but here’s my favorite:

“Success is something you attract by the person you become.”

That’s powerful. Enjoy your Friday!


Do you want to see all of my posts about Jim Rohn? Click here.


Friday: Jim Rohn roundup

For today, here are a few key questions for you to ponder from Mr. Rohn. Enjoy.


Jim Rohn: The Day that Changes Your Life

For this first day of March, Mr. Rohn will share with us the 4 parts of the day that turns your life around.

What are the 4 parts? One of them is resolve. The definition that he shares from a young child in California is priceless.  Enjoy!

Want to see and hear more of Mr. Rohn’s wit and wisdom? Check out these links:

Challenges to Pursue

I want more money

Results, results, results

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