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You’re A Hero When It Works…

Unfortunately, most of us have a one-sided view of the world….ours!  It’s one of my pet peeves!

But more on that another time.  For now, we’re talking about business.  To a degree, it’s related to our one-sided viewpoint.  We celebrate success, but make fun of failure.  For every one that goes out on a limb, tries something radically new and different, there are a thousand who try and fail.  The reason many stop trying is the fear of ridicule.  How unfortunate that we don’t equally celebrate failure as one more step in the direction of success.  It’s much like the work of a scientist….multitudes of trials, experiments, hypotheses and tests….sometimes a lifetime of study hoping for a breakthrough. But the scientist does not stop when an experiment fails to prove the hypothesis!  It’s on to the next trial.

And so it should be in business.  Everyone loves a victory, But don’t forget about all of the hard workers out there trying something new every day!

Here is a good way to think about it.  A computer “speaks” in ones and zeros.  One=on and Zero=off. We think of things as “working” when they are on, and “not working” when they are off.  But a computer strings many ones and zeros together to operate.  Equating this to business, we might say success=on and failure=off, but when we put many of these together, we form the “code for success.”  Both are necessary!  

So I challenge you to go out on a limb…..imagine what could happen if….and just do it!  …and if that fails, do it again!  What will you try today?

Thoughts by Tom Burns, Seller of things essential to life as we know it….



Splat! …An Allegory.


There you go…your project made an ugly mess on the floor!  (The visual is so good you can almost hear it go… splat!)  What do you do next?  You might be discouraged, but there are options.  

For one thing, you have discovered one more way to fail.  You don’t have to do that again!

But wait….who said it’s an ugly mess?  Maybe you just need to add more colors, or connect the dots, or find another splat to join you!  Maybe you need to let it dry, and hang it on the wall for about a year….the change of perspective might give you new ideas!

Maybe you need a bigger paint brush, and a bigger canvas, and invite more people to paint with you!

Won’t those nay-sayers be surprised when you succeed!

Now go on and make a jolly good mess!

By Tom Burns, Seller of things essential to life as we know it….