I could easily pull of a top 100 failures of 2015, but I’ll try to boil it down to my top of the list. And, as an aside, before I begin my parade of big fat failures, let me just remind us all that if we aren’t failing a lot, then we’re not trying enough new things. Constant wins is failure in and of itself, because it means that you’re not pushing yourself hard enough. And, even though at the time you lost out, that just means that the universe is just making room to bring you something even better in the future.
Now, fall in for the failure!
1. Didn’t get a job I really wanted – It was 4Q14/1Q15 I was proposing a very unusual gig that involved my current day job, and I just couldn’t make it work. But, it worked out well, because I got an even better gig 3Q15! Guess the experiment in Q1 was testing grounds for the win in Q3. (I’ve noticed that the universe gives me a lot of training ground these days to fail my way to something good…)
2. Didn’t get into 2 leadership programs I applied to – Which cleared the way for me to try an even broader leadership program with different professionals from around the world in it via altMBA! The other leadership program I’ve applied to now several times. They keep on rejecting me – but that’s cool. It’s just not my time. But – I make them do the work and review my application. Every. Time!
3. Didn’t reach my goal on #STEMPrincess2 for presales – Not to mention, didn’t get this book done as quickly as I wanted to either. But, I lived and learned. If nothing else, I remember now the differences between a closed and parallel circuit – and I’m no engineer or electrician! Besides, the hardest book to write and the hardest to sell is usually the 2nd in a series of 3..it’s my personal Empire Strikes Back…and I’m already working on #STEMPrincess3, so, I’m doing my best and moving forward.
4. Didn’t reach my publishing book goals for the year – I really, really wanted this to be the year I cracked 4 book titles. While I published two, I didn’t get anywhere near books 3 and 4. One of the 4 was an update, and one of the 4 was a brand new book that is screaming for me to write. (Seriously – it’s in the back of my head, screaming at me. It’s starting to get annoying.) I’m not sure trying for this goal is in the cards for me in 2016 due to some other stuff coming my way, but 50% of goal attainment on book publishing isn’t horrible for 2015. I’ll take it.
5. Exercise/health goals – wanted to exercise 30 minutes each night after the nightly news and get in 10K steps each day, 5 days a week and eliminate sugar. Oh yeah, and eliminate wine. Three words come to mind on describing the outcome of this goal:
EPIC. FAIL. HERE. I may need to seek professional help on this goal for 2016.
6. Contemplation of a new certification – that was semi-associated with #1 above. So, while I explored the organization that owns the certificates and learned a lot that I can apply to my other jobs, I did not go for the certification.
7. Travel goal failure – wanted to get to Vienna or the Amalfi Coast this year. Neither happened. I did get to Canada and am going to Ireland, however. I haven’t yet determined where I’d like to travel internationally next year. International flights are pricey, and there’s a lot of unrest right now in the world.
Like I said, I could go on and on here. But I’m not going to. Instead, I’m going to chalk all this up to trying and learning from mistakes. Maybe my timing was off. Maybe it just wasn’t what the universe thought I needed. Whatevs.
I show you my failures to inspire you, my fab 13, to just keep trying. Just keep doing out there, people. Keep failing. Because that’s the only way we’re going to learn and grow, and that’s the only way we’re going to figure out how to leave this planet better than when we found it…