This past month’s Costco Connection magazine had a wonderful article about Sir James Dyson (the man who invented very different and first bagless vacuum cleaners and other products).
The article points out how Dyson tried several things before stumbling upon the idea of a different vacuum cleaner. His first invention, The Dyson Ballbarrow was interesting, but not something that would later drive a successful company as the vacuum cleaner became.
The interesting point is it took him thirteen years of hammering in his work shed to finally develop his premier product. Thirteen years! His greatest success came at a cost—a lot of failure.
I love John Maxwell’s book Failing Forward. It’s a great book on how we can embrace failure as our friend. He points the reader to seven abilities needed to fail forward. They are seven abilities that enable people to fail, not take it personally, and keep moving forward.
Achievers move forward no matter what happens. Sir Dyson kept going for thirteen years.Edison blew so many experiments the history of his work is legendary. What about you?
What is holding you back from being an Achiever?