Raising the White Flag: No Shame in Surrender

Quote of the Week

Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”
~ Sir Winston Churchill

Raising the White Flag: No Shame in Surrender

by Barry J. Moltz

If we define failure ahead of time, we know when to stop pursuing certain paths; we know when to get out, and why to leave.  Again too many times, we think if we stay a big longer or work a bit harder, we can turn it around.  But as Will Rogers said, ‘If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.’

It is almost always harder to quit than to keep going.  So many of us stay past the time when a business or personal relationship is profitable, productive, or healthy.  Part of the reason we stay may be that, by not having defined failure, we create the latitude to keep telling ourselves that we haven’t failed yet.  This is why defining success and failure up front helps us develop the kind of crazy confidence we need to rebound.  Unlike what many of us believe, having the courage to quit can sometimes actually build more confidence than staying the course (Moltz, 2008, p.175).

From:  Moltz, B.J. (2008).  Bounce! Failure, resiliency, and confidence to achieve your next great success.  Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Reprinted with permission from the OSU Leadership Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, (614) 292-3114, http://leadershipcenter.osu.edu.

Coaching Call to Action

Pull out 3 of your active project plans right now.  Look to see if you have a definition of success and failure noted on the plan.  If you don’t, add them.  If you do, congratulations!  Who else will you teach this concept to this week?