“The strength of your success is defined by how quickly you get back up to fight for the win, not how slowly you might deal with the pain of the loss!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
This photo? I’m on stage at a sales conference: it’s 8AM in Nashville – and yes, those are Mimosas in front of members of the audience! I guess this quote could apply to those who were at that moment grappling with the depth of their hangover – but that’s their challenge, not mine.
I know that motivational quotes involving wins and losses are often a dime a dozen, but sometimes you need to put a story out there that comes from your heart.
It’s tough to build a business. There are ups and downs, fits and starts, sure wins and devastating losses. It’s all part of the process.
The challenges that you go through are the ones that really help to set your foundation for the longer term – because those very challenges help you define the scope and parameters of potential success for the long term. So while there is massive pain that will come from a win in the short term, determination is a key component of what you let you win for the long term.
So you pick yourself up, refocus, and continue building your success.
I’ve certainly been there. This year will mark 30 in which I’ve had my own company. It took a long time build a powerhouse brand that serves up insight to the largest organizations in the world.
It didn’t come easy.
I vividly remember my moments of challenge – the recession of 1992 and the fact that I was just a startup at the time; the dot.com collapse of 2001 and subsequent downturn; the global recession of 2008-09; and the era of challenge and reinvention of 2015-2016.
At each and every moment in time, potential opportunities were lost.
Each and every loss was devastating and demotivating.
But you keep on going, because you believe in the dream that you believe; you have a set of skills which are unparalleled in the breadth of their scope; you have insight and services that will help organizations transform how they see their world.
You keep on going, because you know your real strength derives from what you have – not what you’ve lost