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"Nine Ways to Fail and Ten Things to Do About It"

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Nine Ways to Fail and Ten Things to Do About It

Most motivational speeches tell you "How to Succeed!" This speech tells you "How to Fail!" How many ways have you found to fail? The nine ways presented here are the ones most common, most dangerous and least obvious. Are there ways to fail in technical environments that would succeed elsewhere? Are any of them part of your daily routine? Are you unconsciously sabotaging your ability to succeed? What can you do about it?

Join Gerry Reid as he exposes the nine major "Facets Of Failure" and learn how to make better use of your valuable time, energy, resources, and talents. By the way, the very act of choosing to attend this session indicates you have begin the process of eliminating the first Facet Of Failure: "There is nothing in it for me." Everything, no matter its nature, contains some element of positive value. When a person assumes otherwise they weaken their potential for success and strengthen their ability to fail.

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Further description for meeting planners and decision makers:

Unlike most motivational speeches, this speech takes the risk of revealing the things that build toward failure. When we come to grips with the reality of our daily actions, we discover that we are frequently undermining our success by what we do rather than what we do not do.

Over the years, I have observed that most people attempt to create success by doing new things, things they may have never done before. In other words, people are told to "add" something. Repeatedly, I hear most people say that they already know about these new approaches. They have simply chosen not to do them. (This choice is the tenth facet of failure.)

Using a creative change of focus, I asked people, "What would you do (or have done) to fail intentionally?" The result is amazing! Failure is the result of being very good at doing a few key things very well. Therefore, it is no surprise that failure is achieved the same way success is achieved by methodically applying attitudes, skills and knowledge in support of a goal.

I designed and developed this speech so that people hearing it do not have to do something new. Rather, they are challenged to "not do" what they are already doing. Sometimes, creating failure is subconscious. For the most part however, simple, conscious changes in motivation, training and education will redirect energy spent failing into activity leading to success.

By changing a few bad habits, progress toward success gains twice: First, when the failure behavior stops and second, when the energy previously spent failing is redirected to succeeding. Your audience is more than inspired by this message; they are provoked to do something different! They can do things differently because the challenge before them is to stop doing the things that failures do.

Suggested alternate titles:
  • How to Fail with Competence
  • Could You Fail if You Wanted to?
  • When Flying into Face of Failure, Blame the Pilot

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