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12 Reasons I Believe Entrepreneurship Can Solve The Worlds Problems

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A few weeks ago I was posed with the question, “how do we solve the world’s problems?” It got me thinking, the answer is right in front of our eyes – entrepreneurship. One of the amazing things about entrepreneurs is that they don’t see barriers and their interpretation of these obstacles are simply that there is a challenge that lies ahead, and they can solve it. Another amazing thing about entrepreneurs is that they can think differently and innovate better than anyone like the famous Steve Jobs.

The typical traits of an entrepreneur are creativity, optimism, determination and the desire to disrupt. I think the world needs more people that believe and demonstrate these traits. What other species on the planet other than entrepreneurs, do you know that have these superhuman capabilities that could be used for the greater good?

The way to create more economic opportunity in developing countries is to nurture and grow the community of entrepreneurs and encourage everyone to start a business that they are passionate about.

Below are my top twelve reasons why I believe that entrepreneurship can solve the world’s problems.

1. Helping people create their own wealth

One of the biggest problems that we have in the world is that society believes we can solve poverty by donating money to those who need it. While I am not against donating money to people that need it, what’s a thousand times more powerful, is to help people suffering from poverty to be able to build their own wealth. There are a lot of ways to do that, but one simple way is what entrepreneurs are doing in the online education space.

Entrepreneurs are helping create low-cost resources and business basics that anyone can pick up and apply. If we can educate people on entrepreneurship (the art of creating your own wealth) we can help society develop the mindset and the desire to go out there and have a go, rather than stay in a state of helplessness. It’s this state of mind and beliefs that need to change and at its core, entrepreneurship teaches this.

2. Making the world more efficient

Entrepreneurship by its nature is about solving problems. Once you have solved the problem that you set out to fix, it’s then about scale. To scale, you need to make your operation leaner and more efficient. You need to reshuffle your resources in a different way. You need to find ways to source more capital so you can scale even faster.

This entire process that we call entrepreneurship is really just about focusing energy in one area, continuing to pivot in different directions and then just making the process as efficient as possible. Don’t you think this process is a bit of an art and that we could learn something from entrepreneurs and their focus on efficiency, which could solve many problems around the world that need require this very thing?

3. Increasing the number of optimists

The great thing about all entrepreneurs is that they are by the very nature, optimists. The power of optimism is very important in solving the world’s problems and if we don’t believe we can then we never will. Every day entrepreneurs are using their sense of optimism to come up with solutions that normal people believe are impossible.

Could having a world full of optimists help us solve more of the world’s problems? I believe it can, and that’s why I want to encourage everyone to consider some form of entrepreneurship.

4. Reducing the need for handouts

When people create their own wealth, they don’t require handouts anymore because they become self-sufficient. Entrepreneurs never sit around and hope that someone is going to gift them an amazing business with lots of money to run it.

They realise that they have to go out and create their vision even if no one believes in what they are doing. If we reduce the need for handouts through entrepreneurship, then we free up those funds for other uses and compound the effect that mankind can have on this earth.

5. Giving people their own sense of self-worth

By creating and inspiring more people to become entrepreneurs we change people’s perception of their own self-worth. Self-worth by definition is about someone’s sense of value or worth as a person. When you create a business that allows you to be self-sufficient and care for your family, it gives you a great sense of accomplishment and worth.

Living a life of relying on others to give you money is not fulfilling and has very negative effects. I think it would be cool if we could have more people feeling they are valuable and contributing to society. Do you think we would see a decrease in depression because people actually feel like they mean something to the world and are creating value?

6. Accelerating the speed of innovation

One of my favourite things about entrepreneurship is that it encourages and increases the speed of innovation. If we combine this with the power of the Internet, we have a recipe for success that can never be outdone. Thanks to people like Travis Kalanick (Founder of Uber) and Elon Musk we now have innovative solutions like Uber, Paypal and Space X that we never had before. The level at which these companies are accelerating innovation is crazy and the problems they are solving are even more crazy. Curing cancer and providing fresh water to the world requires innovation and entrepreneurship is the way to get this innovation as quickly as possible.

7. Spreading contagious idea’s

All entrepreneurship starts from a small seed of an idea. If the idea is any good then its success will be measured by how contagious it is – ie how many users adopt the product and at what scale. If entrepreneurs didn’t have ideas, then society would stop growing and the world’s problems would continue to stay the same. For us to solve the world’s problems we need individuals who are committed to solving problems and have good ideas to help us do that.

A great example of this is Bluedot who solved the location-based technology problem and whose technology is now being all over the world to solve different problems. Everyone told the founders Filip and Emil that it wasn’t possible for an app to have location services via GPRS without draining the phone’s battery but they believed in their idea, and now companies like Samsung are using their technology.

“Entrepreneurship Is About Solving Problems, Not Fame or Money – Ashton Kutcher”

8. Creating more competition

To disrupt the traditional businesses that won’t innovate, we need more competition. Competition is created through entrepreneurship. By having entrepreneurs out in society disrupting business, we spread more ideas that challenge traditional thinking. If we don’t challenge our current thinking, we will never solve any of the world’s major problems. When a competitor enters a marketplace and begins to affect the profits of the companies that chose to maintain the status quo, a form of innovation is forced upon them.

For the old slow-moving companies, they must do something or end up like Kodak, out of business. This may seem harsh, but innovation is a big part of the solution needed to move mankind forward, and entrepreneurship delivers this in so many different ways.

9. Changing belief systems

A lot of what is required to change the world is the belief that we can actually change it. We know from hundreds of articles on Addicted2Success and the teachings from thought leaders like Tony Robbins that beliefs form the foundations of everything that we do in the world. Entrepreneurs are solving this problem by challenging belief systems, coming up with entirely new systems and most importantly, believing in themselves.

By demonstrating to the world through their own actions and the power of beliefs, they are forming the first step to changing the world, believing that we can. When we hear someone, communicate an idea we sit passively and listen to it and possibly never take action. When we see someone present a compelling story on how they took and idea and turned it into action, we now have a reference to mirror, a system to follow and a much higher chance of taking action. It’s this process and the beliefs that are required, that will help us change the world.

10. Generating more philanthropy

My absolute favourite thing that entrepreneurship does to solve the world’s problems is to create more philanthropy. This is achieved when an entrepreneur creates what they deem to be wealth, or more resources than they need to live their life. Upon achieving success, human nature begins to kick in, and the entrepreneur wonders how they can give back through the money they have made. If you look at almost successful entrepreneurs, you will see this happen at some stage or another in their life.

The best example I know of philanthropy is a company called Ducere who rather than donate money to Africa, use some of the profits from their online business courses aimed at entrepreneurs, to develop education courses in the areas that need them. The whole concept is around allowing others to build their lives and giving them resources to help them. I think of this investment in African Education a bit like seed capital that is given to a startup, it’s not free, and there is an expectation on a return of value in the future.

11. Bringing on the rise of intrapreneurship

Don’t forget that if you’re working in a large organisation you can still be an intrepreneur (an entrepreneur working in a large organisation) and have the same positive effect on the world. We need these intrepreneurs because we can’t just replace every slow moving company in the world, we also need to rebuild them and innovate them from the inside out.

Not everyone in society can be an entrepreneur, but entrepreneurs can teach regular people who have a job, the philosophies needed to solve the problems the world is facing. If you look back around ten years ago, the word intrepreneur was virtually non-existent, now it’s being used a lot more and there are more and more showing up in organisation’s all over the world. Part of the reason for the rise is the attention that entrepreneurship has been getting.

“If we build new companies that spread infectious ideas and prosperity and we rebuild the ones that don’t, then we can truly be unstoppable and change the world”

12. Cultivating a more responsible society

A major challenge that the world has is that some parts of society believe that everything is someone else’s problem. Part of being an entrepreneur is to be responsible and take ownership. Entrepreneurship demonstrates the power of responsibility in today’s society and encourages everyone to do something with their life and not just sit back and watch it pass them by.

It teaches you not to wait for a solution but to come up with your own. When you do come up with your own solution, entrepreneurship teaches you to share it with the world in as many ways as you can and be proud of what you’re doing.

Do we want more couch potatoes or do we want to formulate a plan for success and have people take charge of their future and rise above the difficulties of life to formulate something incredible!!!

Final Note

So there, you have it. I have served up the top eleven reasons that entrepreneurship can solve the world’s problems. Now all you need to do is go out there and start a business or develop your business further. I don’t expect any of you to know necessarily the answer to the world’s problems, but your demonstration of entrepreneurship will help foster the ideas that are needed to solve them and inspire the people that will come up with the solutions.

If you have any stories on entrepreneurship, I would love you to comment below or contact me on my Facebook Page and tell me personally.

Tim is best known as a long-time contributor on Addicted2Success. Tim's content has been shared millions of times and he has written multiple viral posts all around personal development and entrepreneurship.You can connect with Tim through his website www.timdenning.net

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  1. Julie

    Jun 18, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    We are born Entrepreneurs. I can inately relate to each and every one of the ways to fix world problems. Each one touches that feeling in my stomach as truth. We really are a special breed. I would love to hear more stories of entrepreneurs first childhood businesses. I had many. I have more coming.

    • Tim Denning

      Jun 18, 2015 at 11:46 pm

      Totally agree Julie. If you have any stories feel free to share them. From what I see, it typically starts at a very young age. The cliche lemonade stand is still a sign today and the will to provide value, even when no one has asked you too.

  2. Jamelle

    Jun 15, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    This is excellent! If the world embraces this, we will see transformation and advancement in an unprecedented way.

    • Tim Denning

      Jun 17, 2015 at 10:19 pm

      Thanks Jamelle and glad you agree.

  3. Tim Denning

    Jun 13, 2015 at 7:33 am

    I agree with you Ethan. Seeing entrepreneurship for money is quite shallow, it’s about much more than that. Being inspired and understanding your why are the two most important traits any entrepreneur has. If you’re not inspired, how can you expect anyone else to be about and engage with your business?

    Thanks for reading Ethan

  4. Ethan

    Jun 13, 2015 at 4:09 am

    Forgive me if I don’t have any stories on entrepreneurship yet.

    I just wanted to say that this list seems to be complete. Great! Thanks. This sure is helpful.

    The benefits of entrepreneurship could be equally reaped by both the entrepreneur and the world. I admire the philanthropists–they are a proof that they had the courage and wits to make it on their own, and that they are what humanity is all about.

    When I think about it, truly, entrepreneurship isn’t really about money. It is just a tool for much much greater things, beyond whatever magnitude money could bring. Of course goals are different among entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, people, but call me inspired, because yes I am darn inspired by how these people make the world go round, so to speak.

    Great post, Tim!

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3 Steps to Overcome Your Brain Biases and Become a Better Leader

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If I asked you what time it was, you would likely look at your watch or a clock and read the time out to me. And if I were to ask you where you were, you would likely tell me the exact place, city, or state. If I were to then ask you who you were, you would likely identify yourself by your name, demographics, and perhaps a work description. On the surface, answering these questions correctly would indicate that you were not delirious. But are these answers technically correct?

Biological research indicates that superficial orientation to time, place, or person is actually far from accurate. Rather, leaders might benefit from tending toward a non-dual awareness of the world, or at least offer themselves the opportunity to see the world this way. For time, place, and person, the biological realities differ from what we might initially think.

1. Don’t let the past dictate the future

We are not ever-present in the moment, nor should we be. In the human brain, the past, present, and future are all represented at the same time. Although we consciously organize our experiences using this segmentation of time, each of these networks can intrude upon the other. In fact, what you remember can influence what you can imagine for yourself in the future as well.

As a leader, ensure that you frequently examine your memory for positive reminders and biases, take advantage of your presence circuits by incorporating mindfulness practices into your day, and use your “possibility” circuits to imagine or simulate future scenarios. In fact, in the brain, imagination is a lot like reality.

Using all three components at all times will help you to become aware of biases and could also help you escape traps or an impasse. For instance, when a possible solution for product development is vague, thinking in terms of what you want and then reverse-engineering this process to make what you imagine could be helpful.

Walt Disney saw great success after building Disneyland in Anaheim, California, but outside interests began crowding his theme park. When he decided to build another park in Florida, Disney didn’t let the experience of California dissuade him. He expanded his vision to something greater — a city of tomorrow. He created fake companies to secretly purchase acres upon acres of land near where Interstate 4 intersected with the Florida turnpike so his company could develop the area around the theme park.

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – Walt Disney

2. Think beyond your reach

We are not where we think we are. The notion of “place” has become increasingly irrelevant in a globalized world. With the increasing interconnectedness of societies, cultures, and economies, leaders need to be careful not to think of themselves too locally. When leaders are global in their thinking, they are likely to elicit more widespread cooperation from international markets.

Ask yourself, “What communities beyond my local community do I want to impact?” and “What communities am I impacting?” When you take this approach, it can help your advertising strategies, for example, become more congruous with specific or global markets. Also, leaders who think globally will be more aware of competition from afar and opportunities for collaboration, too.

Jack Ma can be credited with being a global thinker for founding Alibaba, allowing Chinese consumers to access domestic and international markets that they could not previously access. By moving into e-commerce, online banking, and cloud computing, Alibaba has expanded into India and Southeast Asia. Alibaba’s Electronic World Trade Platform has even enabled farmers in Rwanda to sell coffee in China. This is a perfect example of thinking beyond your reach.

3. Connect the body and mind

We are not what we think we are. We are made up of 50% human and 50% bacterial cells. And water comprises 60% of our body weight. So we are basically bags of water and bacteria — with a dash of human cells thrown in for good measure.

Also, though we might think of ourselves as being separate from other people and things, many people or things you encounter in your life are stored in your brain’s memory centers. Our brain tissue contains images, voices, and other attributes of people and things, too. We are not actually as separate as we think.

Take care of your bacteria, and they will take care of you. Having the right balance of bacteria is of paramount importance to effective functioning because the wrong balance can make you depressed or anxious. Taking a probiotic can help restore this balance. Understanding that you are part human, part bacteria can change the way you take care of your moods by essentially reminding you to take care of your gut.

Mindy Grossman, the CEO of WW International — formerly Weight Watchers — is a good example of someone who understands the mind-body connection. Grossman has led the company’s focus from strictly weight loss to wellness through healthy habits. Part of the transformation includes a partnership with meditation app Headspace to help members maintain a positive mindset.

“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” – Mahatma Gandhi

When you engage in non-dual awareness by recognizing that your brain fuses and connects time, places, and people, your leadership capacities might also be enhanced. As Warren Bennis, founding chairman of the Leadership Institute at the University of Southern California, suggests, “Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself.” And your “self” is more intriguing and mysterious than you might first imagine.

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3 Ways to Optimize Your Life for Success

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Welcome to the 21st Century! The era of the Internet and computers, lack of focus and superficiality. I know it sounds scary, maybe a little more exaggerated, but it’s true. We live in a world of short posts and 3-minute videos. We barely engage in deep learning, deep thinking, and deep focus to produce iPhone-level products or services. So, the majority of us are actually a failure, thousands of miles away from achieving our life goals and business visions. How do we turn things around? We need to optimize our lives.

Here are 3 tried and tested tips that will help optimize your life for success:

1. Upgrade your sleep

When I started my freelance writing career—about seven years ago—I was passionate and excited at the beginning. I’d fill my To-Do list with 6-10 items, worked until 12 am, set my alarm to go off at 3 am, and had my running shoes close to my bed before I went to sleep. However, I barely accomplished anything. I usually became weak and bored before noon.

I noticed that I was putting a huge strain on myself. I was sleep deprived, which is the primary reason why I didn’t have the energy and the drive to accomplish my tasks. Many studies have shown that sleep-deprivation affects productivity.

As soon as I began increasing my sleeping time from 4 hours to 7 hours, my whole life changed. I started producing a lot and earning a lot more than before while also improving my health. With more sleep, I get the emotional energy and willpower I need to read, learn, and optimize my career.

“By helping us keep the world in perspective, sleep gives us a chance to refocus on the essence of who we are. And in that place of connection, it is easier for the fears and concerns of the world to drop away.” – Arianna Huffington

2. Read every day

I get it. You’re in the middle-class struggling to survive. You simply have enough to deal with. Reading? That’s not included on your to-do list. Well, if that’s you, then you’re not alone. The global literacy rates are at an all-time high at 84 percent, which means people don’t read as much anymore.

We already have enough on our plates. In fact, a study by the National Endowment for the Arts has found that the reading culture among American adults has drastically declined. That’s a big issue in our world.

Nothing can prevent you from reading, not even your plate that’s chock-full of other life’s priorities. If you want to produce more and impact the world around you, you’ve got to read more and learn more.

Take a look at the visionaries and business titans in our world. All of them are avid readers and avid learners. Bill Gates is a bibliophile and Phil Knight, the founder of Nike, reveres books. In fact, Knight customized his library to the extent that, before you enter into his library, you have to take off your shoes and bow.

So, what would you do next? Take Roald Dahl’s advice, captured in this beautiful line of the poem: “So please, oh please, we beg, we pray / go throw your TV set away / and in its place, you can install / a lovely bookshelf on the wall.”

3. Use Pomodoro to time yourself

You can’t go far in life if you can’t stay totally focused on a task. If you want to achieve your goals, you have got to stay laser-focused on a single task before jumping on to another. Why? Because goals are not achieved in one session, they’re achieved in a series of tasks, one after the other.

To install the focus habit in your system; therefore, you need to use a time-management kind of “system” that will keep you firm and attentive on a specific project. Pomodoro is that time-management tool that will help you stay focused.

It’s an excellent app that lets you set a timer for a particular task. You can set it for 30, 60, or 90 minutes and stop working when it goes off. I use it all the time, and I can’t imagine my work life without it.

“I know when I stay focused, good things will undoubtedly happen.” – Marc Trestman

Optimizing your life for more power, passion, and productivity is not about working hard late at night or running multiple projects at a time. It’s about maintaining your health and recharging your energy (having a deep, quality sleep), updating your knowledge (by reading every day), and staying focused on a project—until you accomplished it (by using Pomodoro technique to boost your concentration).

Of course, developing these sets of habits is not easy. You’ll fail and get frustrated, but as the productivity guru Robin Sharma beautifully puts it, “all changes are hard at first, messy at the middle, and beautiful at the end.”

Which one of these three ways to optimize your life resonated most with you and why? Share your thoughts below!

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If You Want Your Business to Grow, You Need to Increase Your Capacity in the Following 4 Areas

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Every entrepreneur must come face to face with the reality that there is only a limited amount of time, money, and people that you can use within your current position. The question is how do we increase or maximize the things that we find limiting?

As we walk through our hectic and often over packed ten, twelve, or fourteen hour work days, one of the questions that we should be asking is “What can I do to get more, to do more?” Instead, we just put our heads down and plow through the ever growing mountain of work. We are limited by capacity.

Webster’s dictionary defines capacity as “the maximum amount that something can contain.” As an entrepreneur, we have to be a little more creative than the average person and find ways to increase our capacity.

Below, we’ll identify the four areas where we need more capacity and ways to get more with less:

1. Time

Every human on this planet is granted twenty-four hours a day. That is it. Your capacity is a total of twenty-four hours. Within that amount of time you must manage several different demands. Our goal is to buy back our time, when we can, and operate at peak performance when we are accomplishing our daily task list.

First, without staying in performance shape, you will lose the ability to stay at optimal performance levels. Our bodies are truly a machine with an amazing capacity, but when it is abused by lack of sleep, improper nutrition, and lack of exercise, you are reducing the capacity at which you are able to work and function. The closer you are to peak performance, the more you are able to accomplish in a shorter amount of time.

Second is our mental condition. Here is what my experience has taught me. If I am mentally rested, I can think and make decisions faster because I can reason more quickly in addition to understanding the circumstances and information at an extremely fast pace. 

When your brain is healthy, it becomes easier to absorb and process information at a lightning fast rate. Taking the time to allow your brain to rest will give it the ability to function at peak performance.

Third is our ability to train and delegate. So often, entrepreneurs are control freaks. No one can do it as good, as fast, or with the same passion as they can. While that may be true in most cases, you are only one person with twenty-four hours in a day. 

You’ve got to delegate and accept people’s help. If you add one person that’s willing to give you eight hours of work a day, you have now bought back hours in your day to focus on activities that will generate more income and grow your business. Why wouldn’t you want to add more hours to your day by delegating out the appropriate task to qualified individuals?

“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.” – Zig Ziglar

2. Money

Money tends to be a sensitive topic. We all have beliefs that were formed through our childhood on the concept of money. With many different views and beliefs on this topic, let’s just focus on the fact that money is a tool that will either help grow the company or a tool that limits a company’s growth.

It is always amazing that the faster a company grows, the greater the challenge of money becomes, and this could potentially cause the company to implode on its own success. How do we then increase the capacity and have more money available to keep the company healthy?

Here are a couple of things to watch out for: 

  • Keep an eye on your budget and get accurate figures. 
  • Look at your Accounts Receivables. If they get too long, they could cause significant cash flow issues. 
  • Find investment opportunities. There are many private investors that are often willing to invest in companies that have true growth with solid foundations. 
  • Look at additional profit generators, products, or services that fit within your current business model. 

Each of these are ways to increase the capacity that money contributes to the growth of your business.

3. Space and Supply

I will never forget exactly where I was standing when I had a manufacture call and tell me they were unable to supply anymore products. They had sold us everything they had, and they weren’t going to have anything available to sell for at least another six months. At that time, we were selling customer printed t-shirts and had tens of thousands of orders that we needed to fulfill within the next thirty days.

Space and Supply are tied closely together. Space is often associated with the production. Do you have a space large enough to meet the demands of the supply? If production can only create 1,000 products a day and buyers need 5,000 a day, there is a conflict. 

A business needs to understand that challenge, and there are only 3 solutions to this problem: The business figures out how to increase production within the current workable hours, adds more workable hours with the equipment and space, or adds more equipment and space to increase production.

Space and supplies are assets that can be used towards the business advantage. Here are a few questions to ask when making decisions based on space and supply. 

  • Evaluate your supply channel. Are they able to maintain a solid supply of your raw product materials to match your growth as a company? 
  • Are there back up supply manufactures that can create a safety net for your raw products? 
  • Evaluate the amount of space you have available along with the time the space is usable. Can you run a second or third shift with the current space and equipment?

“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

4. People

Your employees are likely going to be the most important way to create more capacity. We talked briefly about delegating to qualified individuals to increase capacity around your own personal time. The next phase is to create more capacity by adding additional, trained people. 

You need to create leaders of leaders instead of you being the leader of followers. Don’t miss this because the greatest of all companies focuses on increasing their capacity by training leaders of leaders and not just a loyal following.

Entrepreneurs tend to be a lonely bunch of souls. Too often, we are misunderstood and looked at with slight amount of annoyance. Others just don’t always know how to take someone that is passionately thinking outside the box. 

People skills are a must in order to have more than just yourself work to achieve that dream. As an entrepreneur, develop the social skills to work with individuals that are different than yourself.  

Here is a 3 step plan to have great capacity with people as your allies:

  1. Start by learning how to delegate your own tasks to buy back your time. Identify the tasks that are easiest to delegate and document how you do them. This will give you a specific job description, set achievable goals, and create a daily action plan that is now something that is teachable. 
  2. Use this system and apply it to the other things you are currently doing. I would suggest building out an organization chart and dividing the different tasks you do within the company. Then create a plan that will allow you to hire the right person and move you onto the next area in the organization that you will systematize. 
  3. Finally, create the culture. Culture is like a child, it will grow whether or not you pay attention to it. So be intentional. Learn what it takes to build a culture that attracts the employees that want to be there and grow with the company. 

Each of these four areas has an incredible amount of potential to increase your capacity, and allow your business to grow. Don’t attempt to tackle everything at once. Identify just one area that you will commit to grow within the next three to six months. Take action and implement. 

What is your next step? Share with us below!

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The Importance of Failure: Why We Should Fail Forward

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What Is failing forward? Will Smith said it best in a viral Instagram video that engaged the world. “You’ve gotta take a shot, you have to live at the edge of your capabilities. You gotta live where you’re almost certain you’re going to fail. Failure actually helps you to recognize the areas where you need to evolve. So fail early, fail often, fail forward.”

Failing forward is about using leverage on your mistakes and making a realistic assessment of the risks involved. It’s your ability to live with the downside, control your emotions and experiment with new approaches. When we fail forward, we need to look at the reason why we fail and understand that it’s all part of the process of achievement.

Here are 4 Reasons Why We Fail:

1. We Are Too Distracted

Distractions are everywhere. They can take us off course and could make it impossible to keep our mind on our goal or purpose. It’s important to be selective, strategic and supportive in our distractions. We all control certain aspects of our day, so be selective and prioritise tasks that are in line with your goals.

We should be strategic by understanding when we work best. Personally, I write more efficiently in the early mornings and late evenings. So that’s what I stick to. Try different things and see when you are least distracted. You’ll then be able to be supportive and generous with your time. Being supportive of others costs us little and drives our own success whilst boosting our health and happiness.

2. Lack of Self Belief

Lack of self belief runs differently from person to person. Our experiences, childhood history, genes, culture and life circumstances play a part in our self confidence. The truth is, we can’t alter the experiences that our past has given us. What we can do though, is change our thoughts to gain more belief in ourselves. Ways to increase our self-belief is to find out more about ourselves. We can do this by taking care of ourselves physically and emotionally. Giving ourselves a healthy support system and understanding our emotions are just a couple of ways to practice self-belief.

3. Fear of Failure

Failure often induces fear. When we fear failure, we allow ourselves to stop doing the things that can help us achieve our goals, help us move forward and open up possibilities we never thought were possible. We should have faith in ourselves and start to shift our inner dialogue from ‘not good enough’ to ‘more than enough’. If our inner critic takes the lead on self talk, then it’s more than likely we aren’t feeling good enough. It’s important to surround ourselves with positive people and positive thoughts.

4. Procrastination

Procrastination is a common reason for failure. It’s delaying or putting off a task or action to attend to at a later time. Procrastination is essentially giving in, to feel good. We prefer avoiding negative emotions and stressful tasks, which are the very things we procrastinate about. The first step to overcoming procrastination is recognising we do it.

We then need to understand why we do it and use appropriate strategies to prevent it from happening. We may not know that we are procrastinating and this can be damaging to reaching our full potential. With a solid understanding, we can get to the core of our reasons and make positive changes to fail forward.

Now that you know why we fail, here are the 3 ways you can fail forward:

1. Take Risks

When risks are taken, we generally overestimate the chances of something going wrong. What we focus on tends to magnify in our imagination and in return, causes us to misjudge an outcome of a situation. The reality is, the likelihood is often a far better return than we imagine it out to be. To take risks, we should not be afraid of failure.

2. Understanding Failure Should Be Your Motivation

It may sound comical but, be happy when you fail. We’ve been taught to believe that when we fail it’s because of bad attempts, bad judgment and bad luck at improving our lives. For example, we link failure with the colour red (to stop) and success with the colour green (to keep going). In reality, we are stronger and more courageous when we fail. It’s a sign of improvement, so we should recognise that failure is growth and if we’re not making mistakes, we are not really trying. Use failure as motivation and keep going.

3. Perseverance

Perseverance is the ability to recover from failure. Your chances of success is also dependent on your persistence and your willingness to persevere. You have two options when you fail: Become self-defeated or become resilient and encouraged. Perseverance requires a goal, a passion and patience. It’s important to set your own pace when persevering and not comparing your failures to others. In doing this, when we fail forward, we are more in tune with ourselves and more controlled with new approaches.

“Recognize that you will spend much of your life making mistakes. If you can take action and keep making mistakes, you gain experience.” – John C. Maxwell

Think of it this way. When we’re at the gym pushing ourselves in the weight room, the trainer would yell “One more rep!”. Our trainer wants us to succeed, but also wants us to fail. They want us to be uncomfortable to the point where our muscles fatigue. Why? Because of muscle adaptation. That’s where our muscle growth comes from. It’s the ability to learn how to get comfortable being uncomfortable. This concept doesn’t just apply physically within our muscles, it applies mentally and in our minds. In understanding this perspective, we can fail forward with more awareness and are in a better position to achieve success.

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