Growth February 25, 2010 15 Reads share

Failure, Success, and Can-Do Attitude

This part 2 of the series focusing on the “Can-Do” attitude. American perspective and the “must-haves” to foster it in your own thinking. The active discussion in the comments ended up focusing on failure and how it is defined and experienced in Ireland. Two themes emerged out of the conversation. The first theme is that there is frustration with current mainstream thought and the second theme is that failure is poorly tolerated.

What is in your philosophical soup? Not only are there national ideas about failure and success but there are class definitions and family definitions. These cultures influence your business philosophy, planning, and actions on a daily basis. To have a successful entepreneurial venture, it is crucial to take the time to examine how they are true for you. Your belief system impacts your decision-making. Personal and professional attitudes are influenced by what is around us and it is worth emphasising that we’re not alone with these thoughts or questions.

Just yesterday I was engaged in a conversation about how difficult it is to reconcile the desire to help with the necessity to monetise services with 3 different people who are highly competent business owners. They felt bad that they need to charge something for their time and expertise. One of my most recent clients did not move forward in his startup until he identified that his reluctance to make any money from his business had to do with overidentifying with his father. There were messages that “people like us are supposed to…” have a job with predictable hours and predictable earnings. Other rationalisations I hear is that an entrepreneur is engaged in a noble cause, having fun, or they are too new to charge market value. It’s hard to believe in your abilities when you feel such self-doubt.

So, how do you implement the “Can-Do” attitude with all these messages in the background?

Is it time to start a thought revolution?

Elli St.George Godfrey

Elli St.George Godfrey

Growing a business locally or internationally takes a different mindset; the CEO Mindset. Elli St.George-Godfrey, a behavioral economics coach, international expansion consultant and founder of Ability Success Growth, uses her 3 Keys Coaching process to help business owners and executives in the US, Ireland and Northern Ireland to unlock the CEO within. Under her guidance, personal styles are fine-tuned allowing the senior leader to “authentically inhabit” the role of CEO and collaborate with their team more effectively. With this focus on both the people and the organization in which they work, Elli’s market-proven coaching helps leaders and their teams develop styles and capabilities which enables them to collaborate and effectively join together to optimize the business outcomes.

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