A couple of years ago, a good friend of mine decided to get back into the world of paid work after bringing up her 3 kids. She wasn't sure what she should do, and she realised that after spending the best part of 14 years out of the paid workplace she had not kept up with her skills to be able to dive straight back in at the deepend. In fact, even dipping her toe in the water was proving an insurmountable task. I remember her standing looking at me forlornly as I was sipping a cup of tea at her kitchen table. I asked her what the matter was, she said this,
'What if I fail?'
Her words hung in the air for a second, then I looked her square in the eye with a smile and said this,
'I am probably one of the biggest failures you know. I launch myself at new things all the time. I may look successful to you, but along the way my path has been peppered with failures. Little ones, fairly large ones and sometimes expensive ones, but I won't let that stop me because...
You need to learn to fail to learn how to succeed. It's all part of the process and as soon as you can accept this you will find success.
So here is how to achieve what you really want.
1 Make a plan
4 Revise your plan if necessary
7 Revise your plan if necessary...
...and most importantly start calling your failures something more positive maybe...
Jump and have some fun along the way, you won't regret it.
As for my friend, she now works in an exciting and challenging new field.
Any regrets? None.
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