The Power of Failure

Do you underestimate the power of failure? The power of failing is incredible. I say this because behind every failure there is a lesson to be learned. If you learn that lesson and make sure that mistake never repeats itself that failure was well worth it. Anyone that you see in the media or admire I am sure has failed many times before they got to where they are. Take Michael Jordan for an example. He is arguably the greatest player to ever play the game of basketball but even he was cut from his from his high school basketball team. He turned that failure into an unmatched drive to compete and succeed on the court.

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The lessons we learn from our failures are unmatched.  Football has taught me this more than anything else. Football ultimate team sport but if any of the 11 individuals on the offense or defense does not do their job on a given play the whole play is in jeopardy. This is because everyone counts on each other. But if you fail at your job it’s not just your fault everyone shares in the failure. But that feeling of guilt will force you to fix your mistakes because you never want that on you.

Not only does failure make you grow as an individual it also can inspire and humble others. A sense of failure creates a sense of an even playing field that allows you to start a new and grow into what you want to be. An example of this would be AA meetings. The support group is successful because of individuals who have overcome their additions. This allows new comers to have a sanctuary and have hope. Though their past failures have landed them in AA, AA has allowed for them to grow stronger and face the world.

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When do we have enough money?

Have you ever thought about what motivates you? Well i have and it’s relatively simple. It’s money and I am not ashamed to say it. As much as everyone would suspect, money truly does in fact run this world. In the entertainment industry money is the heart the pumps blood throughout virtually everything we see. Including but not limited to; our tv’s, on billboards, bus stops, devices, the list is just continuous. Money surrounds us regardless of what we do to indulge ourselves or attempt to run away from it. Some may say money doesn’t buy happiness but I believe it sure does enhance it. Has anyone ever stopped and asked you “at what point will you have enough money?” While some people can give you a direct answer to that question with specificity others could never dream of a number. The possibilities are endless.

       Have you ever heard of a man by the name of Warren Buffett? This man has more money than one can fathom. He has the ability to walk away at any time and stop working but he chooses not too. Crazy, right? Have you ever thought of why? I would think that he doesn’t because he loves the sensation of making money. However, he probably sticks with it because at a point money is more of an object than anything. It justifies risk taking and is a benchmark for success. Do you remember when you got your first paycheck? Maybe it was only a hundred but felt like so much more than that. But now if you received the same check you would be infuriated. Our world has now become addicted to this feeling. We as humans are no longer just happy for having $100,000, we want as well as expect $200,000. Once we get that, we want more. There is truly no end. For a lot of us there will never be enough. There will never be an amount we get to that makes us happy and want to step away and look at the bigger picture.

       As we all continue to keep up with the Jones’ this desensitization will continue to occur. Once we see our neighbors with the newest gadget we immediately want it and this cycle continues.Every Day in the media we are constantly bombarded with athletes, celebrities and entertainers that are going broke and bankrupt. Most of the time athletes and celebrities go broke because they try to keep up with their peers and give the appearances of stability even though they are living way above their means.

Having money is great but we must understand that money is a means to other things. We need to put our egos in check and understand the true value. While reading this I hope it makes you think about money in a more realistic way. How much would it take for you to have enough?

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Do you network enough?

I want you to ask yourself this question “Do you network enough?” The answer is no! No one can network enough. I say this because there is always someone out there that knows more and can teach you. When I travel I often find myself talking to complete strangers and I do this because of the golden rule “Everyone can teach you something.” Just because of someone’s perceived status in the world doesn’t mean that they can not teach you something. You will be surprised at the conversations you get yourself in. Through conversations you have can often spark into new opportunities you would not have had before.

The key to networking often is being able to step out of your comfort zone and approach people you wouldn’t normally approach. But you must do this in a respectful manner or it can backfire on you. Strike up a conversation but also be aware that you must make a good impression and put your best foot forward. Drive to networking events and put in the effort. This effort will open doors for you that you never thought was possible. Every time you meet someone you should get an email address, phone number or address. Without one of those you have no way to follow up. Networking is investing in your future every time you meet someone is like putting a penny in the piggy bank.

In networking the follow up is a crucial stage. This is how you show someone you really value their conversation and this can take you far. Just a simple thank you card can go very far. Small gestures like a follow up email or a written letter will make a lasting impression and will make sure that person will remember you.

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Time Management

In the business world time management is key, but in the entertainment world it can be life or death. When I say this I don’t mean this literally, however without strong time management your career will suffer greatly. Often without effective time management you will lose out on opportunities, as managers and agents buyers get turned off by deals the longer people take provide answers.  In the world of entertainment everything moves incredibly quickly. With that in mind, you should always aim to respond to any form of communication within 24 hours.  

No matter what business you are in, Google should be your best friend. Google apps offers some great products such as free calendars that sync to all of your devices. With a calendar you can plan out your day to effectively and efficiently take down projects, schedule meetings, and put time aside for other things you need to get done .

Make sure to always give ample time to prepare. As much as you may think that your lack of preparation doesn’t show it always does. People can see right through it. Even if your lack of preparation is not detrimental in the beginning,  eventually it will come back to haunt you. Being prepared includes always being on time. Your timeliness is someone’s first impression of you. Give yourself plenty of time to get to meetings, interviews or just anything for that matter. Being on time and holding yourself accountable is something that is good to follow throughout life. Just as you want people to respect your time you should do the same.

Effectively managing your time will not only make you more successful professionally, but will also ensure you are able to form meaningful connections and take advantage of every opportunity.

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