December 20, 2013

This Week in Failure…

Yikes. We really FAILED at getting this week’s #FailureFriday post up in time! *embarrassed* But, we got ourselves together, recovered and came through for you… (we have to practice what we preach!)

There was a lot of great failure talk this week in pop culture that we wanted to share - first up: lessons from the TODAY show, then the Queen.

Try, try again: How to succeed after failing

This week, The TODAY Show did a segment called, “Try, try again: How to succeed after failing” about not letting failure dictate your future. The piece included More magazine’s Lesley Jane Seymout and psychiatrist Ish Major who spoke about recovering from failure and looking ahead to success.

Watch the video (less than 3.5 minutes) to learn:

1. Why the fear of failure affects women more than men.

2. What the biggest fear associated with failure is. Biggest fear - “maybe we’re not good enough”

3. Why you should embrace the devastation and allow yourself to mourn your failure.

Beyoncé Failed

Unless you’ve been stuck under a rock for the past week - you’ve heard about how Beyoncé surprised her fans (and the music industry) by delivering a new album with no marketing beforehand. As part of her post-album drop promo, she’s releasing a series of videos that deliver insight on the album.

In the latest video, Beyoncé shares a defining moment in her life and her career, a moment in which she failed - on national television.

“In my mind we would perform on Star Search. We would win, we would get a record deal. And that was my dream at the time. [There's] no way in the world I would ever imagine losing as a possibility.”

Guess what happened? Her group, Girls Tyme, lost.

Watch Queen B talk about failure ( 0 - 1:48).

“You know, I was only 9 years old so at that time you don’t realize that you could actually work super hard and give everything you have and lose. It was the best message for me…The reality is sometimes you lose. And you’re never too good to lose, you’re never too big to lose, you’re never too smart to lose. It happens. And it happens when it needs to happen. And you have to embrace those things.”

Safe to say she got over the burn and went on to build a magnificent career doing what she loves and loving what she does.

PS - Peep the remainder of the video to hear Beyoncé talk about the importance of the journey towards your goal being worth the goal itself. An interesting thing to think about as we make decisions about what goals, awards, jobs we’re all working towards.



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