Category Archive: Failure

Responsible Mistake-Making: You Suck Before You Shine

Lying isn’t a responsible mistake but missing a deadline might be. Catastrophic mistakes spring from character flaws and irresponsibility. It’s a disaster when you lie or cheat. But skill-development REQUIRES responsible mistake-making. Responsible… Continue reading

How to Overcome Overthinking and Get More Done

Thinking is a magnifying glass. Overthinking is a microscope. Daniel Kanneman said, “Nothing in life is as important as you think it is, while you are thinking about it.” Clarity: Action creates clarity.… Continue reading

Garbage Stinks – How to Benefit from Praise, Criticism, and Failure

Don’t drag garbage from the last thing you did into the next thing you do. Learn and throw it out. Respond to the present with the future in mind. Past failure teaches you… Continue reading

Bogus Self-Esteem and the Dangers of Shallow Praise

Whatever you do, don’t criticize or correct. You might damage someone’s self-esteem. (Sarcasm intended.) Bolstering, maintaining, and protecting self-esteem is the sacred cow of modern society. It’s a grievous evil to do anything… Continue reading

How to Hold People Accountable with Compassion

Pushovers prolong helplessness, failure, and mediocrity. But accountability with compassion fuels boldness, growth, and productivity. You demonstrate respect for people when you hold them accountable. Accountability says behaviors matter. Who wants to live… Continue reading

I’m Successful Because I’ve Been Wrong

A leader explained, “One reason I’ve been successful this year is I’ve been wrong a lot.” One of the best ways to expand your leadership is by be wrong publicly. When was the… Continue reading