Failure is a fact of life. We all fail every day. It is what we do with that failure that has meaning to your life and your network marketing business. So far, you know that I was teaching a very boring class with an evaluator in the back.
Well, I was moving right along when one of the troops asked a question about the Medal of Honor and I gave the wrong answer immediately. At my evaluation, the senior officer matter-of-factly tapped her papers, looked at me with this serious look and said, “You know you made a big mistake and I have to give you a failing mark, don’t you?” Of course, I said, “Yes, Ma’am.” I thought I had lost my job and would get a failing performance report. I was so glad when she said she would re-evaluate another class.
Having “failed” I learned something every important about me and how I teach. Working from a script was like my first time on stage where I had to memorize a script, this was not my strong suit. I needed to turn the material into an outline with the key points highlighted. I wanted to have a dialogue with my classes, not a lecture.
Now, I could have given up teaching and asked for a transfer somewhere else and I didn’t. I took this failure and learned from it. As Edison noted, I was close to success and did not give up.
For my network marketing businesses, I took this lesson and used it when giving presentations and doing events. I have tried to mimic my senior partner’s version of the presentation. Many times I failed to get the message across because I was more worried about the delivery than the people in the audience. It was not about giving the presentation just like the script was written; it was about giving the presentation from my heart. What I learned from those failures is found in The Art of Herding Cats: Leading Teams of Leaders, Steps 6 and 7. Let me help you turn your failures into growing viable teams and having deep relationship with your team members. Great leaders such as General Douglas MacArthur and Winston Churchill failed. Look at what they were able to accomplish because they did not give up. Overcoming the fear of failure and using its lessons will provide a platform for soaring residual income.
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Linda Patten, MBA, BSN, RN has over 30 years of experience leading women to success in building and achieving their dreams. She turns networking marketing women from product sellers to leaders of highly functioning teams. To learn more about her innovative programs, click on Contact Us.