In December I had a colossal failure in my professional speaking career.
Wait, “colossal” isn’t big enough. It was like (COLOSSAL * 10). It was huge, embarrassing. Honestly, I spent the next three or four weeks wondering if I should even try and speak professionally again.
I know many of you who have heard me speak are thinking “geesh, it couldn’t have been that bad.”
Trust me, it was. (I won’t go into why, or where, or who….)
In contrast, I just got back from a busy trip in Baltimore/Boston, where I spoke seven times. And in my HUMBLE opinion :p, I hit it out of the park each time.
The feedback I got from any of the seven reassured me I am doing the right thing.
When I’m on the road, before I leave each morning, I pray that I will touch someone’s soul that day. In each of the seven, I did. And I’m proud of that, and humbled and grateful to be able to do it.
I remember a trip in the last year where a career professional heard me speak a few times and she finally asked “are these real stories you are telling?”
YES, absolutely! It’s a crazy world out there, and job seekers are full of amazing stories that seem unbelievable.
When I meet with you I get the stories, and I see the pain, and the hurt, and the despair, and also the joy, and the other feelings.
And then I win.
And I fail some more, and I win a few more times.
But I keep on trying. I keep on doing. I keep getting up, and moving forward.
Please, tell me you are doing the same.
No matter how many failures you face.
No matter how many times you feel like giving up.
For the weeks and months of self-doubt… please do not give up.
A failure in one group might be a learning experience for another group.
A failure somewhere might be what you need to keep you sharp and aware for the next opportunity.
Get up, move forward, and don’t despair.
If I didn’t give up I would have missed out on my chance to help encourage, inspire, lift and help hundreds of people last week.
Hundreds, maybe thousands, of people might be waiting for YOU to get up again.