You win some and…

Posted on April 23, 2009


Before you go any further, please watch this inspirational speech by Samuel Jackson about how to overcome adversity.

You win some and you lose some, that’s just the harsh reality of life. One of the hardest parts of creative leadership is dealing with failure. Whether its circumstances, other team mates, or our own pride, failure is painful and inevitable.  Winning isn’t easy. Any great leader would tell you that behind every victory is a hundred losses.  We start new businesses, new projects, or new churches, because of the mystery of the unknown. The unknown, exciting and terrifying, is the reason why creative leaders exist. We don’t know what is going to work and we don’t know if we can beat the odds.  Unfortunately, sometimes we just can’t and it beats us.

Every creative leader needs to have the vision and maturity to quit at the wrong things in order to pursue the right. It’s not easy, but neither is getting eaten by a shark. Our failures actually define us more than our victories. It drives us to learn, change, and evolve beyond our natural abilities. It also forces us to consider how those that you lead are affected by your choices. Failures give us a broader picture of our leadership, much broader than our victories would. So stop trying to avoid failure. It’s an inevitable part of the journey to success. Instead, quit trying to avoid quitting.

So when it’s time to quit, make the decsion. It’s eat or be eaten.