By Katie Torres
Everyone knows who Thomas Edison is, but we may not know that name had he not been wise enough to fail over and over again.
In fact, he wouldn't call it failing at all. In his own words, he said,
"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
Well, 10,000 attempts and 135 years later, we now have a reliable source of light in every home so we don't have to sit by candlelight while we write blog posts on our computers (also a great invention).
The largest errors are not the errors which occur when an attempt fails. They are the errors that happen when no attempt is ever made.
Regardless of what kind of business you have, mistakes and obstacles are inevitable.
Here are three ways to make sure you can achieve your goals, even when they seem impossible.
This means taking action as soon as you see a problem or a question that needs an answer. Be proactive by looking at what is broken, missing, or confusing so you can narrow down the problem and come up with specific ideas to address the issue. Here's a specific How-To guide, just for that.
Put your ideas into action. Once you have some idea of how to address the problem, give your team a chance to take responsibility and use their roles to achieve the desired goals. It's a team effort. You don't have to fix all the problems yourself, and dispersing the responsibility will help to keep your employees from being overwhelmed or discouraged. The more, the merrier!
3. Try again.
If the actions taken by you and your team have not achieved the desired goals, then go back to step one (Try) and see if you can come up with some fresh ideas. I bet you can!
And if you have succeeded in fixing the problem, congratulations! You tried and succeeded. Just imagine what would have happened (or not) if you had not taken action and given it a go.
Always take action to fix the problem. Inaction is always the number one, leading cause of failure.
Envoy has a lot of information and resources to help you keep trying so you can reach your goals. Check out our website for more info about how we can help you, and be sure to catch the next blog post. We'll talk about how stress can lead to more errors, and how to reduce that stress.