Your life is full of uncertainty both personally and professionally.
It’s crucial to establish a strong foundation for navigating your life by adhering to guiding principles. This can be challenging because even though you “know” this should be true, you question it in your life. Everyone I know has this affliction, so you just need to refocus on what’s most important.
I want to underscore the significance of prioritizing your goals instead of fixating on past failures. Life inherently presents challenges, setbacks, mistakes, and frustrations, but it also holds immense potential for achieving greatness.
Despite the difficulties that may arise along the journey, it is essential to recognize the profound meaning and purpose it brings, making every endeavor worthwhile.
1. Embrace Risks – They’re Your Best Teachers
“I found that nothing in life is worthwhile unless you take risks. Nothing.”
In the business realm, think of Elon Musk and his venture with SpaceX. The idea of commercial space travel was once deemed a fantasy. Yet, Musk took the risk, faced multiple rocket explosions, and today, SpaceX is making history. The lesson? Risks are the gateways to innovation. If you’re not taking any, you’re probably not moving forward. It’s also worth mentioning that he doesn’t care what people think of him.
2. Persistence is Key – Every Setback is a Setup for a Comeback
“Every failed experiment is one step closer to success.”
Consider the story of Howard Schultz, the brain behind Starbucks. Schultz was turned down by banks 242 times before someone believed in his vision for a coffee company. Today, Starbucks is a global phenomenon. In business, it’s not about how many times you stumble, but how many times you get back up, learn, and pivot. It seems so cliche but perhaps that’s why most of us never follow that mindset. We tend to find all the reasons why our situation is “different” than Howard’s or anyone else’s for that matter. The reality is, it’s not.
3. Fail Proudly – See Failures as Opportunities
“If I’m going to stumble, I don’t want to stumble back on anything except my faith. I want to stumble forward.”
In the tech industry, the initial launch of Apple’s iPhone Maps app was a disaster. Instead of retreating, Apple took the criticism, learned from its mistakes, and relentlessly improved the product. Now, Apple Maps is a worthy competitor to Google Maps. The point? When faced with failure, don’t retreat. Lean into it, learn, and use it as a stepping stone. This is a tough one because of ego. The reason you can give other people advice so freely and eloquently is because you’re not emotionally invested. Isn’t that interesting? Try looking at your challenges through another lens as well. It’s really about perspective and not the situation.
Since it’s no surprise we’re living everyday with uncertainty, you must make a conscious effort to recognize that the path to success is often paved with challenges.
However, these challenges are not roadblocks; they’re signposts pointing us in the right direction. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, a manager, or an employee, it’s vital to embrace risks, persist through setbacks, and see failures as opportunities.
Almost every “Professional Speaker” on the planet claims they’re number one in whatever topics they speak on. It’s not how many books you’ve written that matters, but rather what best practices you can transfer to the audience, based on a proven track record.
This is where Brian Parsley isn’t your ordinary presenter. He began his career selling door to door over 30 years ago. Since then he’s been a serial entrepreneur, building three highly successful organizations and selling two over the past two decades.
Brian is currently a managing partner in the global consulting firm, The Constance Group. His work has given him the opportunity to share his methodology and allowed him to use his gifts of teaching and speaking on an international platform on topics of sales optimization, building loyal customers, and leadership strategies that drive profits.
He teaches behavioral science around why people do what they do and how to manipulate challenging scenarios with good intent. His messages are powerful but filled with humor and stories so they resonate and can be recalled.
Fun fact, Brian has close to one million followers on TikTok doing fun pranks. He may be in his 50’s, but he’ll never lose his sense of humor.