On failure

On failure

We get a bunch of mixed messages about failure. On the one hand, we’re told we need to be OK with failure. 

On the other hand, traditional education teaches us not to fail. We get to do a test once, we get a score, and that’s it. If we fail, we don’t resit, or relearn. We just fail … and its not good.  

At Thought Leaders, we say to students 50% of your clusters (your programs) should fail. The plan over 3 years is to launch twelve clusters, have six of them succeed (get to $10k a month) and six fail.  

Comfort or meaning... choose

Comfort or meaning... choose

I heard something last year on my meditation retreat that has stuck with me.  

I was in Spain for a month, doing a lot of meditating and attending one or two meetings every day. On this particular day three people in a row shared different versions of how the meditation was uncomfortable for them.  

On forgiveness

On forgiveness

I was talking a little while back to a friend who felt he had been wronged – in a minor way by me and in a major way by someone else. He said that what she had done was unforgiveable. I disagreed.

I then asked him what he hadn’t forgiven himself for ... and I think that was really the heart of the matter. I said I also didn’t think that that was unforgivable, and we talked about what it would take to forgive himself.

The magic of free

The magic of free

Back in the day when I was living in Fitzroy I used to go running through the Carlton Gardens. (The only running I do these days is … nope, actually don’t run at all anymore).  

On one particular run I came across a fun run (an oxymoron if ever there was one) in progress. There was a line of people queuing up to get their free T-shirts. My eyes lit up. I surreptitiously joined the queue and before I knew it I was the proud owner of a new T-shirt.