Continuing the things that I learned at Catalyst Atlanta 2010. Things that I need to change in my own life. To read Part 1, click here.
4. Embrace Failure. Imagine if you never failed. Instantly I think that I would do tremendous things. And the boundaries would be so endless. But, when I look back at the times I’ve taken risks and failed, I learned so much about me, the situation and others. I became a better person. (It is a principle discussed in the Bible!) So, ultimately, I want to learn from failing. This healthy attitude allows me to risk more than I normally would. And allows me to applaud my co-workers when they learn from their failures. If they’re not failing occasionally, they’re not trying hard enough.
5. Embrace Leadership. Over and over, the speakers seemed to have this key premise woven throughout their presentations. As leaders we end up managing people; rather than leading them. It’s a subtle difference, but essential. Managers live in the past (we’ve never done it that way before); leaders live in the future and clear the path so that others can follow. Leaders empower, managers limit.
6. Embrace Honesty. I know, right now you’re saying “duh!”. But think about how many times you lie to yourself. About relationships. About situations. About outcomes. All to make yourself feel better. The sooner you embrace the truth in a situation, the sooner you’ll correct it. So stop lying about how busy you are and admit you spend time on the things you really want to. And start admitting that you like to procrastinate; then figure out a way to start acting on things. Or what about the friendship you say you’re committed to; yet you haven’t done anything lately to be a true friend. We lie to ourselves daily.
I’m sure I can go through my notes and come up with another dozen lessons learned. It was a great conference. If you have the opportunity to go to Catalyst next year, you should! Or at least seek the advice of incredible leaders who have tried and failed. Learn from their mistakes. And if you’re one of those leaders, start mentoring others who can learn from you. It’s why we play the game of life — to influence and encourage others along the way. Right?