Like everyone, I’ve made lots of mistakes in my life. It’s just in our human nature to make them. Whether it is a bad decision, incorrect assumption made, poor judgment or lack thereof, such opportunities for making a wrong turn or running a red light are boundless. They will continue to surface through your lifetime and it is up to you identify them, learn from them and do your best not to repeat them. So it’s not all bad news to make mistakes as long as they make you smarter and wiser. All successful businessmen and women will tell you that they wouldn’t be where they are at in life or in their career if they didn’t at some point make a mistake that cost them. Nobody is perfect, so don’t worry yourself too much about the little things. It’s ambitious to want to be a perfectionist, but sometimes that can backfire on you if it causes you to become less efficient.
Have you ever been in a conversation or meeting with another person or group where you were so convinced that you were right but there is a comeback for everything you say? In these instances, sometimes your emotions can get the best of you. You feel your temperature rising, your stress level spikes, and all you can think about is how well you didn’t prepare for the meeting. You don’t plan to fail, you fail to plan. But that’s not the message here. When you find yourself in this situation, it’s important to stay cool and collected. You have to figure out how to bring your A game everyday, to every situation that presents itself. When the argument you are trying to make fails, it’s because it’s not good enough. Don’t get angry. Don’t get upset. Be better than that. Don’t be that guy.
“Don’t raise your voice. Improve your argument.”
Have you ever been in a no win situation? When the odds are completely stacked against you and seemingly, you have no options? Inevitably, this will happen to everyone at some point in life. Whether it is a personal or business situation, between family or friends, or perhaps financial or legal issues, life just isn’t fair. When your back is up against the wall, sometimes you just have to sit back, look at the big picture, and as cliche as this sounds, think out of the box. In other words, you have to rewrite the rules if you want to resolve and/or address your issue. Easier said than done, right? Pour yourself a glass of scotch, take a deep breath, and go back to the drawing board. Sometimes the answer is right in front of you and you do not even see it.
“Win a no win situation by rewriting the rules.”