Dreaming Big, Risk, Failure, and other Thoughts

My last entry was about Risk. A few days have past and I realized that it wasn’t really about risk but about dreams and the willingness to go after them. My perception changed when I ran across a story on Wired.com about Dallas Clayton and a book he wrote for his son called Awesomebook.

Awesome Book Tour from Dallas Clayton on Vimeo.

I really like the idea of big dreams, but I have some other thoughts on the topic that I’ve hit on throughout the course of this blog.

The first is acceptance of failure. To dream big and take that risk you have to be OK with failure. Its because failure is part of the process. Along the way there are going to be opportunities for learning experiences and failure is a great teacher.

The second is the idea of Results Only Work Environment or ROWE. We are in an age where high unemployment is likely, almost to the point that those who are unemployed need to rethink their approach to income. I’m thinking that people need to reinvest in themselves and find ways to create something for the marketplace.

The third is the idea of failing fast. I already mentioned the usefulness of failure, but it must be digested quickly. Fortune.com does a postcard segment and one of the people who wrote in was the CEO of Yahoo, Carol Bartz. One of the lessons she talks about is the failing fast mentality.

And Fourth is about golf. I’ve written about golf before, but to be a good putter you have to visualize the success. Positive thoughts lead to success some of the time and negative thoughts leads to failure every time. And winning is what you are trying to do, but playing, or the journey, is always worth it.


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