Sometimes it’s the “getting started” that is tough. Health clubs sign up lots of folks around “resolution time.” I think mostly we psyche ourselves out. We re-arrange the desk before making that important call. We put “it” off. We rationalize that we just don’t have the personality for it – in fact, we hate it! Stephen Covey said it best – don’t trade the urgent for the important. They say that people don’t change until the pain to stay the same is greater than the pain to change. Find a reason to change! Just start networking one small step at a time. Be a giver and a connector, not a crowd worker! It is your future. Get involved. Track down a friend. Join LinkedIn. Update LinkedIn. Post on Facebook. Then, follow-up and schedule a face to face meeting with somebody. People want to help, but you have to ask!
A reprint from United Technologies as Published in the Wall Street Journal, 1984.
Don’t Be Afraid to Fail
You’ve failed many times, although you may not remember.
You fell down the first time you tried to walk.
You almost drowned the first time you tried to swim, didn’t you?
Did you hit the ball the first time you swung a bat?
Heavy hitters, the ones who hit the most home runs, also strike out a lot.
R.H. Macy failed seven times before his store in New York caught on.
English novelist John Creasey got 753 rejection slips before he published 564 books.
Babe Ruth struck out 1,330 times, but he also hit 714 home runs.
Don’t worry about failure.
Worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try!