Success and Failure, Which Side of the Coin Do You See?

Real Estate Agent with Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities #1 in Forest Land Mgmt

Success and Failure, Which Side of the Coin Do You See?

I came across this old contest entry tonight and thought that it had a message worth reviving, I hope you all enjoy this as much as I do.

As an entrepreneur I know that anyone who is not willing to risk failure is never going to encounter any success either, and the same goes for life in general, an overprotected person will not risk having relationships or doing much of anything.

Bill Bartmann always talks about how Failure and Success are like a two sided coin and that you cannot have one without the other.  And he also emphasizes that when we do fail, success will be here soon as long as we keep trying.  Bill even gave me a cool little gold coin with Success on one side and Failure on the other to remember this reality.

A decade ago an old college friend was speaking to me about how he was depressed, and he mentioned that he was upset that after all of these years of hard work we were both middle aged failures.  I replied that I knew that I was not a failure, and wondered why he thought that he was. 

I realized then that maybe his attitude of looking at the world from a failures perspective could be impacting his life and creating a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Maybe this was why his business was failing and mine was doing well.  Maybe this was why he recently suffered his third divorce and I was enjoying a lifelong honeymoon with the same lovely wife.  Maybe this was why many other things were going well for me yet not so well for him.

I have been mulling this question over all month in preparation for this contest, I have had many setbacks in my lifetime, but the only possible failure that is likely to befall me is if I ever accept any of my little troubles and setbacks as a Failure.

Something that I Will Never Accept!




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Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
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Troubles and setbacks are just that.....not failures at all.  A positive attitude and the willingness to not give up are what makes any of us a success.

Jul 19, 2015 07:07 PM #1
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good Monday morning Bob. Working through challenges makes us stronger. They are painful and helpful.

Jul 19, 2015 07:33 PM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning Bob,

I call it the learning curve.

Make yourself a great day.

Jul 19, 2015 10:06 PM #3
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

I believe some people are afraid of success, which is why too many dwell on the troubles, the difficulties, the disappointments. In doing so, they only increase the negative in their lives.

Jul 19, 2015 11:00 PM #4
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Bob - this is an outstanding post.  If you don't risk you won't gain.  So be glad to the setbacks.  The more you have the closer you are to the WIN.

Jul 20, 2015 05:21 AM #5
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

There are just some people in the world that can't see past the negatives and I don't mix well with those folks.  

Jul 20, 2015 07:47 AM #6
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I really enjoyed reading this Bob. If everything was easy we soon wouldn't appreciate it. 

Jul 20, 2015 10:42 AM #7
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I don't flip coins...I set the success side up and move forward to my goals.

Jul 20, 2015 10:46 AM #8
Sally Crane
WMS - Unity, WI
Woodland appraisal support.

Ohhh, I like William's comment - I set the success side up too, and continue on with a positive perspective.  It makes all the difference.



Jul 20, 2015 12:03 PM #9
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I see a third side which is the learning curve and the ability to learn from mistakes and to fail upward. :)

Jul 20, 2015 03:15 PM #10
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I agree with Sally to set up for success and prepare for all the other possibilities in between in a way like I think she might saying similar to the blog post.

Jul 20, 2015 03:16 PM #11
Nicholas Crane
Woodland Companies - Cadott, WI
Managing & Appraising Forest Land

Thanks for sharing these reports, our clients gain value from of this type of information

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