MY NEW SPEECH SERIES: This really blew my mind when I started thinking about it. Please watch and share. Take a look at the link here:

https://www.9spokes.com/connect

Excerpt of article from Entrepreneur:

When you fall, make it a part of your dance:

When you slip up, just weave it into your story. Failures don’t have to be a red light or a brick wall in front of you; consider them a pivot or an extra step.

I’ve found that people who have perfect track records usually become a prisoner of their own success. They’re afraid to take risks for fear it might mar that perfection. Because of that, they usually stay right where they are or play it safe. Safe places aren’t where growth happens.

Once, when I was in a business competition at Under Armour, I made it to the final round and lost. But when I was there, I developed a great relationship with Under Armour and we ended up repurposing their extra materials to make donated headbands for John’s Hopkins Children’s Hospital. It wasn’t the outcome of the competition I was hoping for, but it still developed into an incredible experience.

You might not always get what you want, but always look for value in the experience.

Remember why you started:

Starting a company can be really, really hard. There, I said it. Starting and building my business has been the most challenging thing I’ve ever done, but it has also been the most rewarding. I’ve learned that meaningful work doesn’t mean it’s easy — it means it’s going to be worth it. Whenever times get tough, I pull up a file on my computer of all the pictures and letters we’ve received from hospitals (thousands of them) and remember why I started this in the first place.

At the end of the day, success is not what it looks like to others, it’s what it feels like to you.

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