Five Reasons For Failure
Guest Post by Marvin LeBlanc
I have not failed. I have just found one of 10,000 ways that won't work.
- Thomas Edison
Failure is a fact of life. However, one bitter truth is that failure is often self imposed and invited. Don't believe me? Read along to find out what distinguishes achievers from those who never end up fulfilling their dreams and believe that they justly deserve the moniker 'failure'.
You want to be successful, but at the same time, you feel that the menacing ghosts of failure are never going to leave you alone. This is because you lack the following:
Goal setting is the success mantra of all top-level athletes and achievers. People do not set goals because they are either too lazy or they lack the desired skills. Goal setting is imperative as it ensures long-term vision, short-term motivation, and better organization of resources. Set smart, realistic goals to accelerate your career growth.
No matter how many opportunities come your way, if you are not self motivated, there is no way you can succeed. If you do not find yourself capable of doing something, how can you expect others to believe so? Believe in yourself, assess your performance, and feel confident of your abilities.
It is necessary that you follow up and assess your performance and growth constantly. Those who do not follow up give the indication that they are not concerned with maintaining quality standards and they lack passion for their jobs. Following up is also the key to developing healthy working relationships.
How many times have you come across people who are selling products they know nothing about? A lot, perhaps. And what do you do? You ignore them. Business is all about trust and if the customer feels you do not have enough product knowledge, he or she will view you as untrustworthy. If you don't care enough to learn about the products, then why should they?
Doing the Things Necessary to Succeed:
Success is not just about the amount you earn. It is about doing things your way to get that ‘uniqueness’ factor. A lot of people fail because they don’t put in enough effort to succeed. They don’t put their heart and soul into it. For instance, no one would entertain an insurance agent rambling about a policy but if he or she can relate it to a real life scenario, he or she may convince the customer to buy. See, this is how it’s done!
Remember, failure is just a step toward success. In short, keep on trying! Even if you fail, you will know, at least this time you failed better!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Marvin LeBlanc is a nationally recognized small business leadership expert from New Orleans. His book "Come Hell or High Water" is available along with many other free resources at www.marvinleblanc.com