That reminds me of a wisdom gem(stone!) from Walter Russell.
In the surprisingly awesome old-school New Age book called The Man Who Tapped the Secrets of the Universe, he tells us: “I have had my share of what one calls defeat, in plenty. I have made and lost fortunes and seen great plans of mine topple through my own errors of judgment or through other causes… But I do not recognize these as defeats. They are but interesting experiences of life. They are valuable stepping stones to success. Defeat is a condition which one must accept in order to give it reality. I refuse to give it reality by accepting it. In my philosophy I have written these words: Defeat I shall not know. It shall not touch me. I will meet it with true thinking. Resisting it will be my strengthening. But if, perchance, the day will give to me the bitter cup, it will sweeten in the drinking.”
* cue choir of angels moment of awesome *
Our beloved Marcus Aurelius said pretty much the same thing nearly two thousand years ago: “So here is a rule to remember in the future, when anything tempts you to feel bitter: not, ‘This is a misfortune,’ but ‘To bear this worthily is a good fortune.’”
* cue another choir of angels moment of awesome *
Then there’s Tony Robbins’ take on the age-old wisdom: “Success is the result of good judgment, good judgment is a result of experience, experience is often the result of bad judgment.”
* how about one more angels-singing moment?! *
Have any “defeats” lately?
Let’s remember to Win or Learn.
Here’s the three-step process to gemstone creation.
1. What was awesome about the experience? (Perhaps we can celebrate the fact that you took a risk and went for it?)
2. What could use a little work? (Replay the key scene where things might have gone a little sideways and see how you could have done things a little differently.)
3. What will you do differently next time?
Stepping (gem) stone in place!!
+1. +1. +1.