I was recently duped into giving too much credit during a conversation with an employee. They had a suggestion from which staff and the company could benefit (I later learned it was actually just to benefit them personally) and they wanted to present a formal “proposal.” I probed a little further and this was literally the response:
I didn’t want to spend the time putting something together if it was going to be a for sure "no."
Aca-scuse me??! When did we become entitled to getting everything we want?
He wasn’t willing to put in the work simply because the answer might be no?
Some claim they don’t take risks or put in the effort because they’re “afraid” of failing or change. Ummmm… no. People embrace new and change all the time. New job. New car. New house. New haircut. New relationships. And none of those are guarantees.
The perspectives from which we see these opportunities makes all the difference. And it’s the reason I’ve seen those with the greatest failures grow into successful individuals. Thomas Edison didn’t fail. He “just found 10,000 ways that won’t work."
The School of Hard Knocks
It's no coincidence people who have faced the most adversity are often the ones who excel to the greatest heights. For about a decade, I’ve had the pleasure of working with a woman who has grown with New Benefits and experienced REAL adversity, both personally and professionally. She is one of the strongest women I know, and I’ve relied on her for years. She’s the solution girl. The one with the plan. And because she’s lived through true hardship, she doesn’t take anything for granted.
Surviving hardship and overcoming failure not only makes us appreciate what we have – it also makes us stronger and more determined. Failing is not always failure.
--Dulce Bozeman, EVP
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