Everything must be perfect.
At least thats the way it seems. You have no margin for error in this economy, no second chances, no room for mistakes. If you want to keep your job, you get it right or you dont get it at all.
No pressure, huh?
Being the fallible human that you are, though, mistakes and failures are inevitable at some point or other so why not use them? Start by reading Fail Up by Tavis Smiley and find out how going wrong can be so right.
As the oldest of ten children growing up in Kokomo, Indiana, Tavis Smiley was a big fan of Muhammad Ali. Young Smiley particularly loved to listen to the fighters trash-talk, figuring that if it worked for Ali, that it should work with fools in fifth grade. That it didnt was Smileys first lesson in reaching for success.
But learning didnt stop there. Throughout his life and his career, Smiley has embraced wise words and sound advice from people who were willing to teach. One of the lessons, he says, is to see disappointments, set-backs, and failure as opportunity. Seize mistakes, learn from them, and use them to fail up.
Failure is an inevitable part of the human journey, Smiley says. Fail up is the trampoline needed when youre down.
But there are other things you can do to move ahead in life and business. Smiley shares the 20 lessons hes learned in his 20 years of broadcasting, starting with his personal Ali lesson: practice humility instead of arrogance. Even Ali is a humble man.
When admonishing people including children and employees be sure to affirm, too, and give them their dignity. Offer a second chance to right the wrong and allow people an out.
Watch what you say when you say it, and remember that there is no off the record anymore. If you mess up, maintain your dignity. Keep a cool head. Do your homework, use your gifts, dont gossip. Dont try to jump in where you dont fit in. Above all, use rejection as a launching pad for success.
At a time when the economy feels shaky, its easy to get pessimistic about the future. Fortunately, its just as easy to follow the advice youll find in this book.
Common sense is plentiful in Fail Up. Theres nothing in here that you didnt learn at your Mamas knee or in Business 101, no revelations, no earth-shattering new methods for achievement. Youve heard this stuff before.
But the things youll read are fresh and relevant in author Tavis Smileys hands. He has a perspective thats useful in todays world, which makes this the kind of book youll want to tuck in your desk at work, the kind of thing youll underline, dog-ear, and return to again and again.
So if your confidence is shredded, a pink slip has you red-faced, or if youre looking for a mentor (if only on paper), this is the book you need. For you and your future, Fail Up is just perfect.