Does failing mean you’re a failure?

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If it did, I would be a failure a million times over.

Until the last couple of years, I would have looked at failing as a failure. What made me change my mind? Several things, maturing, people and looking at life in a different light. This past year and a half I set off on this life ‘adventure’ (I despise the word journey) not having the faintest idea where it was going to take me. What I did know is that upskilling and reinventing myself was at the top of the list. I had no idea how I was going to do it and more critical financially afford to do it, and I am the dad of 2 young ladies (as they like to be called) and husband.

With the help and support of my family, I was able to go back to college and upskill. Going back to college didn’t turn out to be just up-skilling my knowledge but also helped me look at myself within, who I was and who I wanted to be. Look at the past to guide me into the future. And that is what happened. I was able to look at my previous 20 years in business and as a human being, see where I had made mistakes/failing and what I could learn from them.

The looking deep within myself started to take shape while I was doing my Post Grad in Innovation, Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Thinking with UCD Innovation Academy. But what made my brain do summer salts was when I started an Executive Coaching course with the Positive Success Group, that first weekend is when the light bulb went on in my head. It is a moment I will never forget and truly a treasure; I rang my wife on the way home on the first evening to let her know I had found my calling, coaching. What I also found was the courage and confidence to look at my past failings and take them head-on. And that is when my adventure went up a few notches.

I genuinely love what I do, my reinventing my career and the person I see in the mirror in the morning. Do I put it all down to the many failings I have had in the past? YES. Will I make mistakes and fail in the future? Without a doubt. I am ok with knowing that and look forward to my next learning experience.

Does that make me a failure? NO!!