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Productivity Growth Takes Risk

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Do you have one minute and seventeen seconds? If so, check out a video that made the rounds on the web.

Enjoy the clip below:

Here’s a transcript of the video:

Dismissed from drama school with a note that read, “Wasting her time. She’s too shy to put her best foot forward.”
(Lucille Ball)

Turned down by the Decca Recording Co. who said,? “We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.” (The Beatles)

A failed soldier, farmer, and real estate agent, at 38 years old he went to work for his father as a handyman. (Ulysses S. Grant)

Cut from the high school basketball team, he went home, locked himself in his room and cried.
(Michael Jordan)

A teacher told him he was too stupid to learn anything and he should go into a field where he might succeed by virtue of his pleasant personality.
(Thomas Edison)

Fired from a newspaper because he “lacked imagination” and had “no original ideas.”
(Walt Disney)

His fiancee died, he failed in business twice, he had a nervous breakdown, and he was defeated in eight elections. (Abraham Lincoln)

If you’ve never failed, you’ve never lived.

life = risk


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All of these individuals were famous for their productivity in their chosen profession. As we have covered before success in worker productivity requires failure. Be prepared to make mistakes as they will lead you to victories. Some people shy away from failure. They won’t pursue something because it seems too hard or the risk seems to great. But if any of the people mentioned in the video above had felt that same way, then the world would’ve been deprived of seeing their great skill and the gifts they left us.

The people in the video aren’t the only successful ones to have failed at first. Business Insider has a list of others who could’ve been included for inspiration. Check out a few more below.

Oprah Winfrey was publicly fired from her first television job as an anchor in Baltimore for getting “too emotionally invested in her stories.”

Steven Spielberg was rejected by the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts multiple times.

Soichiro Honda’s unique vision got him ostracized by the Japanese business community.

After having trouble adjusting to the culture and his classes, Dick Cheney dropped out of Yale — and then returned, only to drop out for good.

Sir Isaac Newton’s mother pulled him out of school as a boy so that he could run the family farm. He failed miserably.

When Sidney Poitier first auditioned for the American Negro Theatre, he flubbed his lines and spoke in a heavy Caribbean accent, which made the director angrily tell him to stop wasting his time and go get a job as a dishwasher.

In one of Fred Astaire’s first screen tests, an executive wrote: “Can’t sing. Can’t act. Slightly balding. Can dance a little.”

The same can be applied to your business. While sure successes may appear to be the right route, very rarely is something great achieved on the first try. Looking into untapped markets, finding innovative ways to work, or sticking your neck out for a cause you believe in is much harder than simply playing it safe. But without those risks, there can’t be any real reward.

There’s no reason to fear failure. You should embrace it, and even seek it out. Failure is where you learn the lessons needed to succeed later on. And when you view your pursuits through that lens, then it’s actually impossible to fail. Rather you’re just hitting minor roadblocks and learning points along the route to success.

For more information on this, reach out to our consultants at AccelaWork. We can help your organization tap into its true potential.

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