I was listening to the Success Magazine CD last week on my way to Starbucks.
It was raining – for those of you that do not know this about me I absolutely LOVE the rain. I get better work done in the rain, and the only time I actually like to run long distance is when it’s raining out.
As I sat in my car and sipped my coffee, they were interviewing Barbara Corcoran from the Shark Tank TV show. She said the number one success principle she looks for in an entrepreneur is the ability to get back up after a failure.
She did not say she was looking for someone who had never failed, just someone that can bounce back.
The amount of time it takes to respond from our failures is a key to success in any aspect of our lives. There’s nothing wrong with getting knocked down and sitting there recovering for a bit.
Some of us sit for 5 minutes, 5 hours or 5 days.
As we go through our life if we make the growth mindset part of our internal language, we will start to move toward the 5 minute.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could feel sorry for our failures for only 5 minutes?
The Growth Mindset teaches us to learn from the times we get knocked down. To go through a process of why we failed and what we can do to improve.
I have learned to love this process.
If you find yourself not being knocked down at all, you’re not challenging yourself and not getting better. Growth is one of the highest level human needs, along with contribution and love.
So get back up…and the next time get back up a little faster.