Our 4th Quarter Failure Institute Summit is coming up this week on Friday, from 8:00 to 9:30 am at our spacious new location, TheWell.community, the new home for Apprentice University. There is easy access from I-74 in Brownsburg. We have plenty of room for everyone, so please forward this invitation to someone you know who would benefit.
I have given the entire morning to Kristin Van Busum, the Founder and CEO of Project Alianza. Kristin’s failure story is rich with lessons learned that she will share, plus a practical exercise and group discussion. Kristin was a featured speaker at this year’s TEDx Indianapolis event where she highlighted her disappointing failure that was transformed into an opportunity to provide children living in the coffeelands the education and skills they need to break free of generations of poverty. Don’t miss Kristin’s riveting failure story.
Registration is free and time is running out – so sign up to join us today.
The connection between our confidence, our ability, and our sense of identity are tightly connected to our perspective on failure. It is important for each of us to be confident in both what we do — our ability, and who we are — our identity. However, a healthy attitude toward failure requires that our confidence be anchored in who we are. Dan Reiland, a coach to pastors and church leaders, recently put it like this:
“… if you base your confidence first on what you can do, ABILITY, rather than who you are, IDENTITY, the first time you strike out, mess up or fail, your confidence crashes. It’s incredibly easy to sink into self-doubt and begin to second guess yourself. It’s a downward spiral from there.”
Dan’s right – a proper perspective on the primary source of our confidence is a prerequisite for having a proper perspective on failure. He goes on to say:
“When your confidence is based on “who you are,” over “what you can do,” and you fail, you know that you are not a “failure” as a person. You will possess the strength to look yourself in the mirror and face the fact that you failed in that particular experience alone, without feeling like a failure. Then you can look at ability and figure out where you need to grow as a leader.”
Each of us can benefit from others who struggle alongside us to place our confidence in who we are rather than what we do… which brings us back to this Friday’s Failure Institute Summit. Come and join others who can encourage you to be confident in who you are rather than what you do.