News From LBD
August 2016 Volume 7 Issue 8
Why Failure is Good for You
How do you view failure? Do you see it as something negative that you don't want to be associated with or do you see it as something positive? Most people in the world don't like failure.
Fear of failure is the main reason why more than 80% of people in the world are not prepared to change their circumstances. Why do people fear failure so much? The reason is because people don't understand the dynamics involved in success and failure.
Everything we do in life has a right way of doing it and a wrong way of doing it. When we do it the right way we meet with success. Needless to say, that when we do it the wrong way we are unsuccessful.
Understanding this is important because it puts failure in its proper perspective and removes the fear around it.
When you  don't understand this dynamic and then meet with temporary failure, you give up thinking you are  not good enough or you will never make it. But is this really what it is? Does the fact that you didn't make it the first time mean you are not good enough? Does it mean you'll never make it? Not at all! All it means is YOU HAVE NOT FOUND THE CORRECT METHOD YET!
So what do you do next? You go back and find out where you went wrong. Then you try again this time employing a different method. If this doesn't work you go back and look at everything you have done so far. Talk to successful people who have made it in this area. Think of what you might have left out and try again.

Whatever you do, don't give up. Why do you need to do this? Because, "Every failure, every adversity, and every heartache carries with it the seed of an equivalent or a greater benefit", says author and mentor to many great men, Napoleon Hill. Failure contains the seed of victory and of success.
Failure teaches you what works and what doesn't. When you study the reasons for your failure and learn from it, you'll find the key to your success. The great inventor, Thomas Edison, knew this truth better than anyone else. It took Edison 8,000 trials to perfect the Edison battery. Afterwards he uttered this famous quote, "At least we know 8,000 things that don't work."
 Every successful person has had to overcome temporary defeat at one time or another. Know this! You haven't really failed until you ACCEPT defeat. Do you envy those who got success easily? Don't! Success earned in spite of earlier failure is so much sweeter than if you got it otherwise.

What Leaders Are Reading

Think and Grow Rich  by Napoleon Hill
Think and Grow Rich is a 1937 personal development and self-help book. The book was inspired by a suggestion from Scottish-American business magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. While its title implies that the book deals with how to attain monetary wealth, the author explains that the philosophy taught in the book can be used to help people succeed in all lines of work and to do or be almost anything they want. Think and Grow Rich is listed in John C. Maxwell's A Lifetime "Must Read" Books. 

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Leadership Tip of the Month
Beware of Social Conformity
Mi stakes can  be be  embarrassing, which can impact your ability to make future decisions.  So how do you learn from mistakes? How do you learn to make good choices?

More often than not mistakes are made when we try to please others versus making a decision based on our own values, goals and objectives.  

If you are uncertain about a decision or worried that it will be the wrong decision, ask yourself,  "Am I doing this based on reasonable choice, or do I feel compelled to do it in order please others?"
If you are unaware of your personal values and desires, then your need to please others  can cause you to repress some of your own qualities. By placing too much emphasis on pleasing others you risk losing your own vision, motivation and self-esteem.

Some conformity to others is necessary. Making decisions for the good of all is important. Seeking "subjective" feedback and input from others is valuable. 

However, too much emphasis on conformity can be destructive. 
If you simply conform to the influences and desires of others, you will not fulfill your own destiny.

Your attitudes, values and goals determine your success and failures. Take responsibility for your own life, your own decisions and your own mistakes. By doing this you will bounce back from mistakes  stronger, more confident and more successful. 
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Quote of the Month
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are more powerful beyond measure."    

Marianne Williamson
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