Defining Your F.A.T.E.

Friday has finally arrived,

There should be much rejoicing, especially if your week was insane as mine. I don’t remember being this exhausted and spread so thin in a long time. I was doing so well keeping everything checked and in balance… well, adios to that!

I’m always thankful for another crack at a restful weekend, and I plan to make the most of it once I finish training and going to Saturday class and cleaning my place and doing dishes, and, and, and… yikes…

In the grand scheme of things I don’t really believe in fate or coincidence, but I do believe that steps can be taken to affect the outcomes of your life. In a discussion recently, we were talking about a Fate Box which is basically a tool for evaluating what you know, what you know you don’t know, etc, and I found it interesting that under the category of something that “you don’t know, you don’t know” is the item FATE. In the business world, this (apparently) stands for Failure At The End. Not the most encouraging of results certainly.

There is nothing quite as painful or disappointing than failing at the end of something, whether it be a major project, a race, school, or anything else that you’ve dumped a ton of time into. Granted, you won’t always succeed but there are some steps that everyone should take to avoid failure when possible:

  1. Ask questions, ask questions, ask questions! – For all of you learners out there, you know how important it is to continue growing your knowledge base by just asking questions and absorbing knowledge. It’s a travesty for the many people who never question “why” in life, and that door can open so many new opportunities for you. It’s a route worthy of pursuit because who knows what waits at the end of the line.
  2. Be proactive – No one likes a person who just sits on the sidelines waiting for something to happen. Get out there and explore new business opportunities, research up and coming technologies that you think may be a great benefit to your company (or your personal awesomeness),  or just help out someone who may least expect it because you have the time. A little can go a long way.
  3. Engage your support network – Everyone has a support network, utilizing it, however, is totally different. Friends, family, and other supporters are there for a reason. To offer you support and encouragement BUT also for you to support and encourage them as well. It’s certainly a two way street, and one which brings many benefits with it.
  4. Dress for success – One of the easiest things to do is to dress your part to be taken seriously in whatever realm that you may be. If it’s the business world, look sharp and well put together to build your confidence in the work place. If it’s triathlon, make sure that A) you look badass [critical] B) all your gear works together like it should and C) you can feel good about yourself no matter the outcome because you’re in the process of mastering your destiny. Presentation is a huge piece of any game you play, take your part seriously ;-)

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As I’ve written about many times before, failure is not always a bad thing. It certainly isn’t fun , enjoyable, exciting, or thrilling but it will always teach you some lesson about life, no matter how painful, convoluted, or tricky. There’s much to learn out in that world of ours, we should probably go get started!

Failure is not an option! – Apollo 13

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