A recap of the February 2014 Sunrise Scrambler by Aaron Bushell
What do Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Oprah Winfrey, J.K. Rowling, Michael Jordan, and the Wright Brothers have in common? They share another bond besides being prominent in their chosen fields, and that is that they’ve failed many times on their journey to success. They’ve also acknowledged their failures, accepted that their mistakes were part of the learning process, ignored their critics, and learned valuable lessons that eventually led to their achievements.
Our February Sunrise Scrambler speaker has spent time studying how successful people have attained their goals through multiple missteps. Aaron Bushell, a vice president for Bank of the West, entertained Chamber members with anecdotes about the rock-bottom failures that provided some of our favorite heroes with a solid foundation for achievement. Bushell has thought long and hard about the word fail. He’s decided that the letters that make up the word FAIL can be transformed into the keys for dealing with disappointments.
F is for FEAR.
It’s the body’s first reaction to things not going as planned. See it for what it is: a natural chemical reaction.
A is for ACCEPT.
Embrace the fall. It means you are going somewhere rather than just standing still. Recognize that many have failed before you.
I is for IGNORE.
Those who criticize and laugh at your mistakes should be disregarded as distractions.
L is for LEARN.
Recongize that the lessons learned from failure will accelerate you to the next level.
Aaron shared his own personal story of how he has turned his failures into a successful and rewarding career. He also provided some inspirational quotes.
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career.
I’ve lost almost 300 games.
26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed.
I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
— Michael Jordan
“I’ve not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
The bottom line is that success can be ours if we free ourselves from the fear of failure. Instead, we should focus on how each disappointment can actually propel us toward accomplishing our goals.
Thanks for the reminder, Aaron.
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And thank you to our sponsors for making events like this possible!
Presenting Sponsor – Emprise Bank
Host & Breakfast Sponsor – Museum of World Treasures
Showcase Sponsor – Davis-Moore Automotive, Inc.