2012-06-30

Failed a lot? Worry not

An employee of International Business Machines (IBM) made a fatal error that cost their company to lose half a million dollars.

Was the guilty employee fired after that incident? Nope, his management retained him.

IBM founder Thomas John Watson (then, General Manager) justified that he couldn't bear seeing another company hire this man who wears half a million dollar worth of experience under his belt.

It was only natural for any company to fire (and even sue) that employee because of the huge run down, but Watson dealt with the incident positively - turning a company weakness into strength.

You should too! Teach yourself to see the light in every negative situation.

If you're a parent of a child with failing marks, don't bring down the spirit of your child by nagging him. Instead, lift it up and encourage them to bounce back.
If you're a job applicant who is frequently unsuccessful, don't give up and look at it as an opportunity to improve how you answer to interviews.
If you're an aspiring nurse who failed the board examination, don't give up and consider it as an edge for your second try because you are now familiarized with the test.

Even the best basketball player in the world suffered from several defeats, but emerged triumphant from it.

“I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I have been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” (Michael Jordan)

Now that's A LOT of failure!