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HOW TO HELP SOMEONE AVOID SUCCEEDING AT FAILURE
Do you ever wonder what creates the difference between success and failure? What makes one person thrive where another person could not even begin? How often have we seen someone we deem successful and asked ourselves, “Why didn’t I do that?”
Believe it or not, folks, many of the things we succeed at we owe a debt of gratitude to someone else. Someone else inspired us. Someone else gave us drive and ambition. Someone else believed in our ideas, our vision, or our dream. Sounds simple, right? So, how is it that not everyone leads a successful, happy, and prosperous life? How is it that there are some folks that just can’t seem to get their lives together?
Could it be that they have no one to encourage them? Could it be that they have no one to share their ideas or help them build on their dreams? How does this happen?
Most of us can point to certain times in our lives when crucial decisions were made. These decisions were most likely made after seeking advice. We turned to family, friends, and acquaintances that we admired for their accomplishments and value for their life experiences. We had someone to give us guidance. But did we recognize the importance of their input at that time? Did we even know how valuable that knowledge truly was when we sought their consult?
Every Fortune 500 company has a board of directors, with each director having skill sets and knowledge that makes them valuable to their shareholders. Every government leader has an inner trusted circle of advisors. Perhaps it’s a cabinet, with each cabinet member also having an inner circle of trusted advisors to ensure that they are making good decisions. No large organization, of any type, succeeds without the talents, encouragement, and sheer will, of many that share in a goal, dream, or passion.
But for those without access to the talents, time, and knowledge of others, many accomplishments fail to come to fruition. The world can be a very negative place, folks. It’s easier to say “No” than it is to come up with reasons to say “Yes”. It’s easier to deflate ourselves into thinking we can’t accomplish something than it is to pump ourselves up to the point of actually having the confidence to overcome. But others can encourage us. Like a parent cheering on a child to run a little harder during a soccer game, the child tries that much harder, and thus becomes a better player. It’s easier for us to find fault with ourselves to the point of convincing ourselves that success is beyond our reach. But success can be found when someone points out alternatives to what we perceive to be obstacles. They can suggest alternative paths to complete what we thought to be an impossible journey.
The world becomes a better place when those that can ease someone else’s burden choose to do so. Like holding a door open for someone struggling, you help make that person’s journey just a little easier. Like telling someone a corny joke when they look beaten down by a hard day, you help make someone’s world just a little brighter. And when we see someone with talent that should be nurtured, dreams that should be realized, and ideas that should be expanded on, we should encourage, or better yet, ask how we can help them succeed.
When we are alone, it’s easy to make excuses as to why we fail. But, when someone else holds us accountable and challenges us, it is almost impossible to defend our excuses. And when someone else shares in our challenges, dreams, and ideas… it is almost impossible to avoid success.