“Never walk away from failure. On the contrary, study it carefully and imaginatively for its hidden assets.” –Michael Korda
When moving forward in our career — much less dreams or our “work of life” — it’s easy to see in hindsight what we coulda, shoulda, and woulda (had we known better) done instead of what we did. That doesn’t take great skill or intelligence.
However, to assess and render every last bit of value out of every moment that has passed before us, to leave no stone unturned to determine the “everything-happens-for-a-reason” for every bump, bruise, blowup, or bewilderment we encounter…now that takes creativity.
Some may call it rationalization, or putting icing on a poop cake. Yet, in each life event, would we rather mine it for perfection, or subject our mind to the infection of living life by mistakes?
There are no mistakes if learning ensues. Think about it: is there any way someone could actually live life always doing the “right” thing the “right” way at the “right” time? “Right” only occurs looking backward. We live our lives forward.
Early in my career, a wise person said “You can never make a bad decision. You can only make a decision a bad one.”
Wouldn’t we all let a load off if we absolve ourselves from everything prior to now, knowing that we always did and do the best we can with what we know now? And now? And now?
“It would kill the past, and when that was dead, he would be free.” –Oscar Wilde
DARRELL W. GURNEY, Executive/ Career Coach and 20-year recruiting veteran, supports people at all levels to make fulfilling and profitable career transitions. His first book, Headhunters Revealed! Career Secrets for Choosing and Using Professional Recruiters, was winner of the Clarion Award for Best Book by the Association for Women in Communications and was reviewed in Publishers Weekly. His newest book, Never Apply for a Job Again: Break the Rules, Cut the Line, Beat the Rest, has been endorsed by bestselling thought leaders such as Harvey Mackay, Keith Ferrazzi, and Dr. Ivan Misner. A personal and business brand strategist, Darrell’s Stealth Method of networking has helped folks expand their reach within both careers and new client circles. He speaks, leads workshops, and is a media expert on subjects such as recruiting, networking, and finding one’s passion. He was recently named Networking Expert for BeyondB-School.com and offers webinars and programs that get MBA students and working professionals out, connected, and landed.
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