Hanging In There Long Enough To Win

You always pass failure on the way to success.”

~ Mickey Rooney

Hanging In There Long Enough To Win

by David Cottrell,

Without a doubt, there are some who give up too soon – just before they turn the corner to success.  Successful people keep moving even when they are scared and have made mistakes. The following story illustrates what happens to many on the road to success:

A man meets a guru on the road and asks “Which way is success?” The bearded sage doesn’t speak, but points to the left.  The man thrilled by the prospect of quick and easy success, rushes off. Suddenly, there’s a loud SPLAT!

Eventually, the man limps back, tattered and stunned, assuming he took the wrong turn.  So he repeats his question to the guru, who again points silently in the same direction. The man obediently walks off, and this time there’s a deafening SPLAAAT!

When the man crawls back, he is bloody, broken, and irate.  “I asked you which way to success!” he screams at the guru.  “I followed your direction, but all I got was splatted – twice!  No more pointing!  Talk!”

Only then does the guru speak, very quietly.  “Success is that way.  Just a little past splat.”

Many of us would be tempted to give up after the first SPLAT!  But we must develop the courage and resolve to hang in there, through several rounds of splatting, if necessary!  If you persevere and work through the issues, you can and will make a difference (Cottrell, p. 159-169).

Cottrell, David (2009).  Monday Morning Motivation: Five Steps to Energize Your Team, Customers, and Profits. New York: HarperCollins Publishers

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

Where have you stopped yourself this week thinking it’s the end of the game? Today, “play to the whistle”, push yourself beyond where you stopped before! What do you have to lose?