Greetings and thanks for tuning in again! I have been presenting a new seminar called Pet Profits from a Pet Prophet, and the next session will be held at the All American Grooming Show in Chicago, IL. I hope to see you there.
One of fun sections of the seminar is the part where old business maxims are put to rest. There are quite a few of them out there, and it's a lot of fun to turn them around and recommend that they just go away. We have even created new motivational posters that are a lot of fun. One of the most popular maxims, according to audience reaction, is that FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION.
In my experience, it certainly is an option that we deal with every day. People who are afraid to fail are often afraid to try, and so they settle for less than they could. The fact is that so many exciting and wonderful things are a result of outright failure that it would be impossible to list them all in this blog.
One of America's favorite failures is the ice cream cone. While confectionary cones had been around since the early 1700's, it was during the World's Fair in 1904 when a very successful ice cream concession ran out of bowls and spoons. There was a line around the block for ice cream, but no way to serve it to the public. The manager was in a panic as he saw his profits going down the drain and someone was certainly going to get fired for not bringing enough bowls! Luckily, the resourceful owner of a nearby waffle stand grabbed a fresh waffle and rolled it up into a cone, and history was made!
You didn’t know how NOT quick a dog until you did it. Can you still remember that? You also did'nt know how NOT to cut a dog until you did. These little failures seemed HUGE at the time, but you learned valuable lessons that have probably stuck with you to this day.
So the next time someone tells you that failure is not an option, remind them that failure certainly IS an option, and to deal with it! This is not an excuse for inferior work, but an acceptance of the fact the no one is perfect and we are living in an imperfect world. You can remind them that it took Thomas Edison nearly 10,000 failures before he invented the light bulb!
We can also learn from other people's failures, so we do not need to lose to learn. Do your research and find out how others were successful from learning from their own failures. There is plenty of great advice out there that is free for the taking.
Please join me for Pet Profits from a Pet Prophet and I welcome your comments on this subject.