The past cannot be changed, forgotten or erased.
However, the lessons learned can prepare you for a
This is something that seems to be very difficult to
learn and live by. If we look back across the ghosts of
events past, we often see that they repeat throughout
human history. We still wage wars against each other,
still hunt animals to extinction, still seek to one up
one another at every opportunity.
But still all those lessons from the past sit there
just waiting for us to learn from them, all we have to
do is look back and remember them, learn from them and
move forward into that brighter future.
The same is true in our businesses, often you leave a
corporate world to seek a better balance in your life,
or because you do not like the traditional ways of
working in the corporate world, but then in building
your own future, your own business you adopt many of
the same attitudes and practises that made you move on
in the first place.
Why is that? What holds us back from accepting the
lessons that are there waiting patiently for us to
learn them. One of my favourite axioms is that we
should work smarter, not harder. Yet every day, I see
friends and colleagues working all hours in the same
roles, doing the same thing over and over, never moving
forward or upwards.
As people with the entrepreneurial mindset we will
often see a situation or circumstance and automatically
visualise a way to improve it, be it something simple
like a buffet line, or something much more complicated
like project planning.
Project Management trainers would have you believe that
this is a large and complicated task requiring
specialist and expensive trainer to get right, you
might’ve heard of phrases like ‘agile project
management methodologies’ and ‘Prince 2’. It’s all a
myth so much of it is simply common sense and by
learning lessons from past successes and failures.
Every day in our lives, we do things a certain way, the
ways that we have learned work for us. We learned this
through trial and error, through experience. Yet we
still refuse to learn from some of the most fundamental
mistakes made in our past.
We still hold on to too much fear in those spectres,
rather than accept them as having happened and choose
to learn and move forward. Each day in your lives and
as you build your businesses, don’t be afraid to look
into past failures and learn the lessons that are there
waiting for you. So you can move into that brighter
future without the fear that you have gone wrong
somewhere, every bit of your past ‘failures’ have
served you, I assure you.
Just look for the lessons, not the mistakes.