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3 Ways to Fail Your Way to Success



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Do you focus on what you need to do to succeed or do you focus on what you need to do to not fail? I spent a majority of my life trying not to fail. In doing so, I limited myself because I would take the safe route or in some cases, not even try at all – all in the name of playing it safe.  What I’ve realized over the last ten years is that failure is a crucial part of success and the more I fail, the more I succeed.

Below you will find three ways to fail your way to success:

1. Fail fast

There are many approaches you can take when trying to succeed. One is you can take a lot of time to analyze and prepare for something. Another is you can just go for it. There comes a point you need to stop analyzing and just do. And, if you’re going to just do, then why not do it fast?

I am not suggesting that you carelessly go about getting things done. There is a lot to be said about proper preparation. However, don’t prepare so much that you aren’t taking quick action to move toward your goal. For me, I’ve learned the most when I have failed. So, if I want to learn a lesson quickly then I choose to push quickly to the point of failure.  Choose to fail fast.

2. Fail hard

Something I see many people do, and have done myself, is remain in their comfort zone. Why? Because it’s comfortable of course. Learn to take risks that will pull you out of your comfort zone. I’m not talking about jumping off a cliff or any type of life danger type of stuff.

I’m talking about things like getting that first book published and exposing yourself to public ridicule. Put yourself out there. The more out of your comfort zone you are, the larger your potential for success is. Choose to fail hard.

3. Fail often

Create the habit of swinging for the fences as often as you can. Several things will happen when you engage in activities that are beyond your reach. The first thing is you will get into a routine and create a habit of taking risks.

The more often you take risks, you will get used to this mentality to “just go for it” and your first reaction will be to take action versus staying back and waiting. The more you do this you will create momentum in your life. When you have momentum, the effects of your actions create a compound effect. Over time, this compound effect will multiply your results and therefore your success. Choose to fail often.

If you’re going after a goal and looking to achieve more in your life, remember that failure is not fatal, but a necessary part of success. Because you are reading this tells me you are success minded and most likely looking to achieve success as quickly as possible. If that is case, and failure is part of success, why not fail fast, fail hard, and fail often?

How has failure contributed to your success? Please leave your thoughts below!


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20 Ways You Can Become a Powerful Communicator



Emile Steenveld Speaker and Coach

Some people seem to naturally know how to effectively communicate in a group setting. They can express themselves clearly and listen attentively without dominating the conversation.

Being a powerful communicator is important for several reasons, including building and maintaining relationships, achieving goals, resolving conflicts, improving productivity, leading and influencing others, advancing in your career, expressing yourself more confidently and authentically, and improving your mental and emotional well-being. Effective communication is an essential life skill that can benefit you in all aspects of your life.

But, don’t worry if you don’t naturally possess this skill, as effective communication is something that can be developed with practice, planning and preparation.

1.  Listen actively: Practice active listening by giving your full attention to the speaker and responding to what they are saying.


2. Use “I” statements: Speak from your own perspective and avoid placing blame or making accusations.


3. Avoid assumptions: Don’t make assumptions about what the other person is thinking or feeling.


4. Be clear: Express your thoughts and feelings clearly and concisely by getting to the point and avoid using jargon or overly complex language.


5. Show empathy: Show that you understand and care about the other person’s feelings.


6. Offer valuable insights: When speaking in a group, provide a valuable takeaway or actionable item that people can walk away with.


7. Be an active listener: Listen attentively and respond accordingly, incorporating your points into the conversation.


8. Choose the right time: Pick the most opportune time to speak to ensure that you have the group’s attention and can deliver your message without interruption.


9. Be the unifying voice: Step in and unify the group’s thoughts to calm down the discussion and insert your point effectively.


10. Keep responses concise: Keep responses short and to the point to show respect for others’ time.


11. Avoid unnecessary comments: Avoid commenting on everything and only speak when you have something important to say.


12. Cut the fluff: Avoid being long-winded and get straight to the point.


13. Prepare ahead of time: Sort out your points and practice them before speaking in a group.


14. Smile and be positive: Smile and nod along as others speak, to build a positive relationship and be respected when it’s your turn to speak.


15. Take responsibility: Take responsibility for your own actions and feelings.


16. Ask questions: Ask questions to clarify any confusion or misunderstandings.


17. Avoid interrupting: Allow the other person to finish speaking without interruption.


18. Practice active listening: Repeat what the other person said to ensure you have understood correctly.


19. Use your body language too: Use nonverbal cues such as eye contact, facial expressions, and body language to convey your message and build rapport.


20. Be aware of the tone of your voice: it should be calm and assertive, not aggressive or passive.


By keeping these tips in mind, you can improve your communication skills and become a more powerful communicator, which can help you build better relationships, achieve your goals, and lead a more fulfilling life.

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