“When nothing else works? It will work!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
I spent a bit of time yesterday with a long time friend who was at an important milestone in his life, and what a wonderful bit of time it was!
I’d argue with the guy all day long until the sky is orange, given his relentless and ongoing pessimism about the world around us, but I will say this for him – he knows how to find a plan and stick with it.
And maybe that’s what you need when confronted with a challenge. You’ll find a massive number of options, different roads to follow, lots of ideas to pursue. You might cast around for a time, trying this concept or that one, and yet never achieve any type of success.
And each attempt will set you back, leading to “ongoing, continual incremental failure” – there’s a phrase to ponder! Each and every setback builds upon itself, convincing you that there is no way out, no solution, no road to follow…..
Until, you find that one thing. The one you knew about – the one you had in the back of your mind – the one that you were convinced would never work….
Skeptical, you give it a try….
And years later, you look back and realize that – guess what – it worked! Did it ever!
The innovation lesson from my friend? Never give up. Keep looking. Keep trying. Don’t let past failures get in the way of your future opportunity for success.
Because when you eventually start to think that there is absolutely nothing that will work, you are at the point where nothing else will work.
And it is at that very moment that you have found the thing that will work – because you have no other choice!