“No human ever became interesting by not failing. The more you fail and recover and improve, the better you are as a person. Ever meet someone who’s always had everything work out for them with zero struggle? They usually have the depth of a puddle. Or they don’t exist.” - Chris Hardwick
Over a decade ago, an eyewear company sent me for education in Singapore, in preparation for being the local trainer for their Philippine dealers.
I was booked in a comfortable hotel where I really enjoyed the perks of the executive floor.
Sadly, neither my hosts nor their dealers enjoyed my first training session after. Only two people out of about two dozen attendees showed interest in what I was saying.
And so despite their investment in me, they never asked me back. My ego took a deflating knockout punch.
I could mention many additional setbacks I've experienced over the years, but I chose this as this really got me thinking seriously about quitting as a speaker, trainer and coach.
Key to my bouncing back and subsequent progress was having a few encouraging souls around me. They helped me see that this incident wasn’t the end of the world.
It was simply a test of my resolve to succeed.
One of these days, you’re going to have a team member who will encounter a setback that will push them to the point of wanting to quit. Help them to pause and gather their inner strength to embrace the challenge.