Once again, so much focus has been placed on how those in health care (doctors, nurses, etc) are failing when it comes to social media. Mistakes are being made and those who make them have been publicly vilified for their actions.
Mistakes happen. But what you do with those “fails” is what can make you, not break you.
I was out for a run the other day (just completed a half-marathon and will start training for Chicago Marathon in October – my first – yikes!) and was thinking of what to blog about. (@GiniDietrich beat me to the punch with her post, but here’s another take on it). Even though I was having a great run and not failing in the least, the topic came up mainly because of the time of year.
Every spring I hear about prom and think back to my socially awkward youth and my absence of a prom. That in turn, led me to think about other failures I had experienced and my response. I went to a very competitive high school and I tried out for the speech team my sophomore year. Yes, I thought it would be fun to present speeches in competition (see above note of “socially awkward youth”). I did not make the team but I tried out again my junior year. Again, I did not make the team but ended up as an alternate due to the coach’s sympathy. I went to EVERY practice and EVERY tournament when most of the time I did nothing but observe. Due to my persistence and dedication I ended up making the “real” team my senior year and received an award at the end of the season and had all my teammates cheering me on. It was the best feeling to have to acknowledgement of never giving up.
It’s not about the failure, it’s how you respond to it. So to those out there like *@mommy_doctor, don’t give up as the reward is down the road. I am SO not a quote person, but one of the two that inspire me is “A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he gives up”.
*she has unfortunately disabled her Twitter account and made her blog private. If anyone with access can pass this on to her, I would be grateful.