Why People Fail


I just recently discovered Les Brown.  I don’t know where I have been hiding, that I’ve missed hearing about him before now.  His messages are very inspirational, and very thought-provoking.

Today, I thought I’d share with you a short video of him speaking about why people fail and compare and contrast it with a blog post from Jerry Colonna entitled “One Small Step” (http://www.themonsterinyourhead.com/2011/07/17/one-small-step/).

In the video, Les suggests that the reason people fail is not because they aim to high and miss, but because they aim too low, and hit.  Or, because they never aim at all.  Jerry’s thoughts are that when we only look to the extraordinary for proof of our accomplishments we may miss the real progress we are making.

At first, I believed the messages to be contrasts to one another–Les saying that we don’t succeed because we don’t challenge ourselves and Jerry suggesting we challenge ourselves too much. However, as I looked more closely I realized I misunderstood.  These messages aren’t contrasts.  Rather, they are compliments.  I believe the combined message is to aim high, and keep yourself challenged to reach beyond your limits.  And, as you journey through life, take time to see the small miracles and triumphs that happen all around you.  Use those miracles and triumphs to celebrate your success and the success of others.  Use them to prove your progress and keep you moving toward your extraordinary goals!

I’d love to hear your thoughts regarding the video and the blog post?

Call to action:

After watching the video and reading the blog post, review your goals and what is going on around you.  Have you set goals?  Are they challenging?  Are they challenging enough?  Also, look around you for both extraordinary and every day affirmations of the incredible.  Every step you take toward your goals is a step in the right direction.  Every accomplishment is worthy of celebration.  Even failures can be cause for celebration as long as they came from an action designed to get you closer to achieving your goals. 

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2 Responses to Why People Fail

  1. I think you’re right that the messages are complementary. My point wasn’t that we should aim high (I often thing of the Alexander Pope couplet: “Man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or else what’s a heaven for?”). I was cautioning people not to use the accomplishment of others to hold yourself back from making incremental progress, every day. And, further, to not allow yourself to be blinded to extraordinary in the everyday.

    As you put it so well…every accomplishment is worthy of celebration.

  2. Scott Koon says:

    Excellent clarification. Thank you!

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