What factor do you build into a project or life for unforeseen challenges? Things beyond your control do happen, in spite of the best planning.
A project close to home has had its share of delays. First an unusual lengthy snowfall and heavy frost made the groundwork impossible as did the rain which followed. A poor contractor created further chaos in the project. There were further complications with putting in the utilities as the construction industry is the busiest it has been in many years, so the providers are playing catch-up.
This is a one-time project so while it is inconvenient, it is not a major problem in the scheme of things. But what about life, that ongoing project? There will be many barriers and challenges along the way. How will you approach it? What will your attitude be? Will it be like Edison when asked about the failures when inventing the light bulb. He said there were no failures, he just discovered 10,000 ways it would not work. Can you approach the challenges of life that way?
We tend to look at the things that do not go our way as failures but in reality, it is building our experience base, our knowledge bank. It equips us with the ability to work around issues because we have been in similar situations before.
Many successful entrepreneurs have had to abandon a business venture, but the difference is they carried on. They did not look at it as a failure, they learned from it and built a better mousetrap.
As Winston Churchill said, “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”
Try new things, make mistakes, learn, try again. Life is too short to dwell on what didn’t work. The excitement is in moving forward!
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