I fail at most things that I try at least once but I’m not certain that makes me bad at what I do.
When I was given my first management Job I had no experience to draw on, no guidance (it was a in at the deep end kind of thing…). So I had a go and sure enough I made mistakes, plenty of them in fact. I didn’t get things quite right, I mismanaged people, I spent more money than was budgeted for and plenty more I’m sure. Nevermind I thought they havent sacked me yet so if I keep on going I’m sure I’ll learn how do it right eventually. The key was learning.
The biggest mistake I made was not paying attention to my own research before buying a business out of administration. It all looked okay at first, in fact it was a blast, the fun was endless (that’s if you can call 25 hour days and 8 day weeks fun, but I assure you I really, and I mean really enjoyed it). For the first 10 months the business was doing well, over 50% of sales from sources the previous bust company hadn’t dealt with. Success I think!!!!
2 months later and company was bust again. I had to go back to my original company (I kept my job there and they provided the funding out of cash) and see if I was still employed. The response from the owner…
He sold the company to the 4 Directors, me included.
Success is what you decide it is and the only person you need to be a success is you.
I’m a kind of glass half full person. But I know people who are glass half empty kind of people. My response is why’s my glass half empty? In fact is this my glass? I thought my glass was bigger than that and fuller, where’s my glass?