Calling All Consultants: It’s Time to Fail

There’s no time like now to fail. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking, “Damn, Michael, what’s up with all that negativity?”

Here’s the thing, there’s nothing wrong with failure itself…it’s the way you handle it that makes it a negative or positive experience.

Babe Ruth, the grandiose home run star of the baseball world was famous for striking out more than most. He took more chances … and as a result he hit more home runs than anyone else at that time.

And it’s not just Babe Ruth!

Take a look at the list of baseball stars famous for their high level of performance – many of them are at the top of baseball’s most strikeouts list.

When I say now is the time to fail, what I’m really saying is …

… Don’t be scared to take some chances.

Don’t curl up in a ball planning your master strategy to dominate the world … get out and start doing it.

From a consulting perspective many consultants often feel they’ll hold off marketing their services, or spending a little extra money on a client or a project. They want to wait until they get a bit more in the bank before they take that long ‘planned’ step.

Let me tell you, that perfect moment you’re waiting for … it doesn’t exist!

The ultra-successful people all around you … they’re no smarter than you are.

They just take more chances … work their asses off and when they ‘fail’ it’s not failure in their minds. It’s a learning experience.

They take what they’ve learned … adjust their approach and keep going forward. Then one day, bam! They get it and knock it out of the park.

So what are you waiting for?

Share in the comments below what’s been holding you back. Or if you’ve ‘broken free’ how did you do it and what has your experience been?

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  • I do feel like the ultra-successful people I know must be smarter or better than I am… but I definately see that I could take more chances and be more outgoing in my day-to-day interactions with people. I'm a professional organizer so I like to sit and plan things out, in detail, before I begin doing anything, so I really relate with waitng to execute – to my detriment! Thanks for the inspiration to take some chances and try to be more outgoing.

    • Jessica – thanks for the comment! I think you are well on your way. Remember, there's nothing wrong with planning things in detail – you just don't want to end up spending all your time planning and not enough implementing and testing.

      Many startup businesses fall victim to this. They spend a great deal of time and money building a product they think will be wonderful and neglect 'getting out of the building' to make sure that someone actually wants to buy it … and then spend the time to get out there or pound the phone to sell it.

  • kdsl

    Michael-Thanks for this posting. It is all about taking chances when stepping out. Whether it is to make that phone call, send that email, or go to a networking opportunity. I agree with what you call it…"a learning experience." Over the last three years I have transformed from shy when making initial contact to in a daily mode of contacting or following up with folks and organizations I collaborate with on projects. In addition to stepping out two other lessons I have learned as a consultant are to put people first and listen fully.

    To taking risks, living your dream, and pushing others to live their dreams!

    Best Regards,

    Kevin Simpson
    KDSL-Know Do Serve Learn
    knowdoservelearn.org

  • Marcy Nantes

    Really great article! I think there are a lot of people that feel this way but have trouble admitting it and taking steps to change it. I know I have spent too much time working on plans and should have spent more time 'taking action' as you say. Thank you for this. It helps.

  • Marcy – thanks for your comment and glad that you enjoyed the post!

  • I think that I am in that "wait just a little longer for a few more of something" boat. I've found a bit of success with Financially Digital but I can honestly say there is so much more I want to do and I just keep waiting. This post was a kick in the face though – there's always going to be more to do and it'll probably never be the perfect time to do it. Thanks for the vote of failure confidence! Sometimes we get so caught up trying to keep everyone around us from failing that we forget ourselves that it's ok to fail everyonce and a while.

  • Terrence w. Bragg

    Be prepared to learn from your mistakes and any failures that occur can help in the long run. If you lose confidence in yourself you may as well give up on life. I lost my house due to business failure but I am trying to pick myself up by working in remote aboriginal communities (in australia) as well as recovering from throat cancer (caused by Agent Orange from war service with the Australian Army in South Vietnam). Maintaining a positive attitude is the way to do it – aim for the stars, and whilst you may not get there you will do better than if you didn't have a go at all.

  • Steve Hammond

    Great stuff! Thanks for this. Now following you on Twitter…. regards "sghammond"