“Never let a setback set you back” – Futurist Jim Carroll
It’s all about moving forward, not back.
Perseverance. determination, fortitude, persistence, resolve. These are YOUR words. These are the words that define the attitude you need to go in the right direction.
If you are going to be an innovator, you should know that there are people that will dismiss what it is you invent. If you are a disruptor, there are those who will battle your disruption. If you imagine great things for the future, you will be surrounded by them who will work to belittle you with their small ideas. If you seek to create yourself a better future, there are those who will seek to destroy it.
If you don’t guard against this reality, you won’t have what you need to see it through.
“I didn’t get it right the first time” should be a goal; “Let me give it another shot” is a part of your story; “I need to try again” is a key part of your vocabulary.
In other words, sometimes getting a redo is a part of the process. If you are seeking to move forward, sometimes failure will get in your way, and you need to be determined to push on through it. Here’s a phrase you have probably heard – “fail early, fail often!” If not, file that one away – I use it a lot on stage.
Todays’ quote fits within that theme, and ties into the line of thinking In the world of innovation, I’ll often speak about the importance of ‘experiential capital’ – the collective experience built up by a team as they pursue a big, new, bold idea. The more we try things, the more experience we build up – and it becomes a critical asset for our ultimate success. Battling through setbacks is a key part of the process.
It’s the same with our personal efforts, whether finding a new job, pursuing a new career, or taking on some new type of challenge. The path for success might not always be an easy one, but it’s a necessary one. The very act of taking each step forward is an ultimate part of that overall success.
After all, nothing great was ever achieved by giving up!