452 - Digging Out of Failure

Posted May 3, 2022 by Mark Perna

Episode: 452

Episode Title: Digging Out of Failure

If you’ve failed at something, how do you dig yourself out of it? Here’s what I did, coming up next on The Perna Syndicate.

 

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You’re now in The Perna Syndicate—welcome! Yesterday we talked about the value of failing and how it gets us focused like nothing else. So once we’re paying attention to the areas that need it, what’s next? How do we take that failure and turn it into a win?

 

At one point in my life, so many things needed to be fixed that I almost didn’t know where to start. It would have been easy to never start, to just remain overwhelmed and drift along in the waves of the consequences. But I knew that was not the life I wanted. 

 

All I could do was start small, so I did. I prioritized the areas that needed to change and began to systematically work on them. This required more than just pulling myself up by my own bootstraps. I needed fresh insight, beyond my own internal monologue, to address these problems. 

 

So I started listening to audiobooks of some of the greatest minds in motivation and success—authors like Zig Ziglar, Brian Tracy, Jim Rohn, Tony Robbins, and many others. I didn’t just listen passively; I thought deeply about how it applied to me. Slowly, I began to dig out of the rock-bottom hole I’d dug for myself.

 

I don’t think I would have been able to grow past my mistakes without the insight from these authors. And that’s my advice to you. Don’t go it alone. Tap into the knowledge of the people before you who’ve failed—and then turned that failure into success. 

 

Trust me—if you’ve ever failed, you’re in good company!

 

Tomorrow: are you ever tempted to answer “because I said so” when a young person asks why? On the next episode of The Perna Syndicate, we’ll talk about why that doesn’t work anymore. We’ll see you then!


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