Recently, I gave a free class at one of our local libraries. My purpose was to build the student base at our music school. I have done these classes in the past and they have been extremely valuable for us. We have actually gotten more than half of our students this way!
The classes have worked out so well because they are a win-win all the way around, for the students, the library, and our music school.
For this particular class I had been preparing for a couple of weeks. I was planning on doing something a little different and had thought through how to add more value for the students and parents. I was excited to see how it would work out.
I had also thought long and hard on how to best present our lesson service to the parents so they would clearly understand what we do and how we could help them.
I got up at 4 AM the morning of the class and was confident of the great presentation I had prepared. I believed parents were going to sign up for lessons in droves at the end of the class!
It didn’t quite go that way. We did have a great presentation prepared, but never had a chance to actually present it. No one showed up! Not one single person. It was a huge disappointment. I had put a lot of work into preparing for this class and had high expectations for it!
As I left the library, I remembered the quote,”If you haven’t failed, you’re not trying hard enough.” Gradually it dawned on me that it was actually a good thing the class was a flop. This failure was proof that I’m trying things. It’s proof that I’m not just sticking to the safe and secure. I’m taking risks in an effort to grow, both in our business and personally.
After giving myself a couple of hours to be down about it I decided to get over it. I let it go.
Today I want to encourage you to take risks. I want to encourage you to try hard, and yes, perhaps fail.
We’ll never know the capacity of the gifts we’ve been given until we boldly reach out to those outer limits.
Your playing small does not serve the world… We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. – Marianne Williamson
Question: Have you failed recently?