“When you fail, and you will…” Pick a moment when you’ve led, when the project didn’t work, when there was failure. Tell us what happened and why it’s personal… and why it’s not.
It’s a bit embarrassing to admit this, but I struggle to think of a project of substance that has failed. And I think that’s because I haven’t lived the career that would allow those big projects to manifest themselves, that I hadn’t “ponied up” enough to fail. When I think of failures, I think of the little commitments that I haven’t stuck to: journaling, eating well, keeping my cool, spending time on the things that are important to me and not on the things that aren’t. And sometimes there are things that just stagnate, that are in limbo and aren’t going anywhere. All of this is personal, but there is a lot of learning in here. And the learning is what drives the growth.