As much as you would like to try, you can’t be perfect everyday. Stuff happens.
You studied for a large exam for the past 3 weeks, and blanked out as soon as the exam occurred. You tried to make time for lunch, but something else popped up. You ordered a sandwich and realized you wanted a salad. You locked your keys in the house/dorm and none of your roommates are around.
What you can do, is take it light-heartedly. An exam score is just a number on a sheet of paper. You can eat later. Sandwiches are healthy too. You can go visit with other people while your roommates are gone.
The most important thing to do in situations like this is to look at the situation from another point of view. It is not the end of the world if any such situations happen. Sometimes stuff just happens, and there’s absolutely no way anyone can explain why it happened.
We are like cars. Our body and soul requires maintenance to keep us running. Food is our fuel. We don’t run properly if some parts are broken. And, just like cars, on some days we just don’t work as we should. Just as a car won’t start on a cold day, your body and mind may not start on a bad day. In either situation, it’s not the end of the world. You can take a bus and try to start the car the next day. Instead of groveling about how bad the day is, you can take a different point of view, take it easy, and come back the next day and try to start the right way.
It’s all about attitude.
Keep this in mind
“I don’t have a cent
Will I pay my rent
And even my car doesn’t work
Me and my man, he’s the one
To die for, we have split up
Can’t you see, life’s easy
If you consider things
From another point of view”
– db boulevard
“The most successful people are those who are good at plan B.”
– James Yorke
That’s right. Failure. We live in such a fast-paced and driven world, that the idea of failure makes people cringe. It makes people change their mind. And it makes people depressed.
On my flight to London last weekend, I picked up a magazine called Business 2.0, featuring articles about the importance of Web 2.0. Flipping through the magazine I ran across an article that read “A Startup’s Best Friend? Failure.”
Some main points from the article
Failure is the best policy When small things go wrong with the company or business, through failure we can learn what works and what doesn’t. Google’s policy has been to “Launch, listen, improve, launch again.” Many of the features on Google’s website were funneled through many others that didn’t work and failed.
Turn the mistakes into better features In the footsteps of Google, startups like Dogster.com or Like.com have made themselves into better services by understanding the causes of these failures and readjusting anything necessary to become better.
Today’s successful Internet businesses embrace defects as a way to get things right
“Failure is the enemy of efficiency, but it’s the best way to learn.” Robert E Gunther, consultant for Decision Strategies International
“Failures are things where you don’t learn anything.” Douglas Merrill, Google VP of Engineering.
Mistakes are not such a bad thing after all. So when something in your pursuit of your goals doesn’t work, take a step back, analyze what went wrong, and make sure you learn from it.
As Conrad Hilton, the founder of Hilton Hotels put it:
“Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.”
On that note, have a great rest of the week everyone!
“Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.” Oscar Wilde