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Failure and Talent


We are working through a series of weekly thoughts based around change and around “getting things done” in order to support this change. We are calling this Big skies, Big vision and this is week 10: “Failure and Talent”

If you have been following the series, you will now have your vision. You have also broken this vision down into more manageable categories in which to place your activities and for each of these categories you have an exhaustive list of activities. You have also now reduced this exhaustive list down in size to the essential “must haves”, you have now sequenced these activities and finally you have developed and documented your plan. Finally, we have discussed various ways to manage this plan and what to look for in terms of help and hinderance.

And so, without further ado we will move onto Failure. But before we discuss a few quotes:

  • I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed - Michael Jordan

  • Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness - Oprah Winfrey

  • I am the result of the good choices I've made and the bad choices - Madonna

  • The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing - Henry Ford

There are many more out there and we suggest you search and take note.

Essentially do not be afraid to fail. In fact, go out almost with the intention to fail. Change your business, change you, shake it up and don’t top changing.

“If at first you don't succeed, Try, try, try again.”

What you should not do is fail at the same thing twice without making changes first. We learn very little from success, we learn most from failure and that is the point here – keep learning, keep changing, keep improving. If you do this then both you and your business will continue to develop, evolve and move forward.

Which brings us onto Talent.

We’ve been discussing this on our courses for over 2 years and it never fails to evoke healthy and interesting debate.

The point here is to help students who are starting on this journey and with very little expertise and convince them that they can emulate the people they aspire to be, the florists they see and admire and the people they look up to.

Our belief - and one shared with practically all the students who have walked through our doors – is that talent is not innate. It is not something present at birth. It exists as a result of a combination of passion and a lot of hard work. There is also a large element of circumstance and environment which separates those at the very top of their “game” from the rest. But these too would not be there were it not for the work they have put in over many years. Take anyone you can think of who you would describe as being talented and tell me this is not the case. Even “child prodigies” such as Mozart had years of work before his greatest work simply because he started so young.

So, help your passion drive your work and let your days, weeks, months and years of hard work drive your Talent. You will soon be sitting along-side those you aspire to be.

Next week we will be discussing “You”, why this is important and what to think about in order look after yourself.

Good luck with this and see you next week. In the meantime, and as ever if you have questions please drop us a line.

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