The Top 10 Secrets for Successfully Failing Up

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Nearly everyone knows someone who’s “failed up.” In other words, no matter how many times they’ve failed, been fired, hurt co-workers, or created a catastrophe, they still seem to move up the career ladder. It’s frustrating to watch, and if you’ve ever wondered how they do it, here are the real secrets of “failing up:”

How To Overcome The Five Greatest Fears

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What are you afraid of? You may not be a wimp, but the truth is, everyone is afraid of something. And chances are, when you get to the root of your fear, you start discovering what’s holding you back. It doesn’t matter if you’re rich, poor, successful, unsuccessful, famous or not famous, fear is a problem for everyone. David Sanford has written that the five greatest fears of professional people are:

Be Careful of the “Failure Fad”

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There’s something happening out there that I’m starting to call a “failure fad.” Social media is being flooded with quotes about how great failing is, and how much it can teach us. Quotes like: “Failure is success if we learn from it” by Malcolm Forbes or “Don’t be afraid to fail. Don’t waste energy trying to cover up failure. It’s ok to fail. If you’re not failing, you’re not growing” by H. Stanley Judd. I don’t disagree with their sentiments. Learning from

How To Tell Your Project is Failing

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Business, nonprofit, and church leaders across the country invest in new projects everyday. The level of risk varies, but one thing is common to all – at some point, the leader needs to make a decision to stay in for the long haul, or cut the losses and call it quits.  The problem is – how do you know if your project is in trouble? What are the key indicators that something serious is going wrong?  

Secrets For Dealing With Rejection

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I’m constantly reading quotes from famous people about the importance of failure and rejection. Learning from it, turning rejection into action, owning it, and more. The problem is, failure and rejection are HARD, and while everyone tells you it can be a good thing, very few people tell you how to handle it. To that end, here’s a few thoughts that might help you handle rejection the next time you experience it:

Goals Are Dreams with Deadlines

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“Goals in writing are dreams with deadlines.”  -Brian Tracy, personal success coach.  Whenever I feel my dreams losing steam, I always think of Booker T. Washington. Born a slave in 1858, his childhood years were anything but pleasant. The family’s farm cabin had no glass windows, and any opening to let in light also let in the freezing wind in the winter.  The floor of the cabin was dirt. The life of slave was back-breaking work that started before the sun came up and continued long after it went down again. His childhood was also lived out during the Civil War, which created turmoil, fear, and uncertainty in the lives of Southern slaves and added additional pressure to an already hopeless state of affairs.  But in spite of that desperate situation,

Remember Why You Chose Your Career?

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After a great interview on “The Cycle” on MSNBC some time ago, I was reminded that years into a career, it’s way too easy to get caught up in office politics, paying the bills, and the daily grind. In fact, we often forget the reason we decided on a career in the first place, and that’s a big part of the reason we bounce around from job to job.  Chances are, you had a dream back at the start, and the question is – was that vision ever accomplished?  Are you actually on the road to the destination you set out to achieve?  In my experience, the vast majority of people I know who fail, do it because of two reasons:

Stop The Cycle of Failure in Your Life

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It’s much easier to quit when you’re winning than when you’re failing. Take gamblers for instance: When they’re on top, it’s much easier to walk away from the tables. But when they’re getting creamed, it’s really hard to walk away. The fight instinct tells us “I can just win it back.” But this isn’t a blog about gambling, so what’s the point?

The Failures of Steve Jobs

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I’ve been reading the eulogies about Apple co-founder Steve Jobs with great interest.  There is no question that he was our Edison – a brilliantly gifted and visionary leader.  But as most of these stories focus on his remarkable success, I’m much more drawn to his failures.  They were public, and they were big.  Remember the Apple III in 1980?  Probably not.  It was Jobs first attempt at a business computer.  It was rushed to the market with so many issues it was abandoned a few years later.  How about Lisa in 1983?  It borrowed elements like the mouse, windows and menus from Xerox’s famous Palo Alto Research Center. But at $10,000, no one could afford it.  After getting a humiliating boot from Apple, he launched a new company called NEXT in 1988.  They created a machine academics liked, but still,