A few months ago, I was thrilled to learn I had been nominated for a Hometown Media Award for the TV show I did with fellow Inside919er, Diogenes Ruiz. I had the press release ready to send out announcing my win—-but then—this week I learned I did not win in my category.
Was I disappointed? Yes, but then I remembered an interview with Michael Jordan some years ago when he was talking about the years leading up to his NBA championships with Chicago. He said, “Losing teaches us those things that make us better.”
Losing is a necessary and important life lesson. Losing not only teaches us humility but it also teaches us how valuable it is to dedicate ourselves to something. If you are dedicated to your business—if you truly LOVE what you do, the accolades and praise won’t matter. No amount of awards can take the place of having satisfied and happy clients who walk away appreciating how much you’ve helped them.
Success is about what you do when you don’t win or when you don’t get the sale; it’s how you handle a loss.
Yes, there is still a press release to be written because being a finalist among hundreds of others is a victory in itself.