Breakthrough can be a wonderful turning point in someone’s personal life. Or it could be a key moment for the job.
As children, we made several discoveries by the age of five. Although these were monumental times, they were not walks in the park. Before we took the first step, we fell countless times. When we first tried to talk or eat, we failed. However, we were never discouraged. We got up and took another step until we made a breakthrough in each of them.
As adults, walking, talking, and feeding alone are so common that we think very little about it. Once we mastered them, we moved on to other discoveries, such as tying shoes, cycling, reading, writing, learning math to name a few. However, before we were able to take a walk or do anything else, we had many, many breakdowns.
Before we achieved anything significant, we experienced failures or failures. As children, we are not deterred by breakdowns. When we look at an infant learning to walk, failure does not seem to occur as a problem or malfunction. Every healthy baby gets up to take another step, even if he cries from the fall.
As we age and continue our careers, we strive for discoveries in salaries, titles and the prestige of the company that employs us. To achieve these career benchmarks, we apply for new tasks, take on new and more complex tasks, and some focus on managing others. We are stretched at first. In fact, our performance can be mediocre at best. During the learning curve, we do what are called mistakes. Except that these mistakes or failures are no different from the failures we experienced when we took the first steps. Like mastering walking, we too can master our careers.
Faced with mastering our careers, organizations are committed to making new discoveries that differentiate them in the marketplace. Most discoveries do not have a draft. If it happens, it is most likely an improvement on what already exists. Discoveries, on the other hand, require people to move through unfamiliar territory. There will probably be many breakdowns in that unknown territory. Some are directly related to a service or product. In other cases, it’s the result of either miscommunication, which exceeds budget and time, or simply missing the right answers on how to take the next step.
Whether it is personal or professional, it seems that human experience will never be without failures. Those who are brave enough to go through a breakdown are rewarded with discoveries at best. At worst, they will learn lessons that can only be learned through experience – striving for discovery.
While it may seem unintuitive to chase a breakdown, it seems almost impossible to avoid if you are committed to the discoveries. Yet no one is talking about the deliberate breakdown it will create.
Perhaps mastery in discovery has nothing to do with talent and intelligence. This may have more to do with people taking a stand for the outcome, even though they don’t know how to achieve it. Thomas Edison perhaps summed it up best: “I didn’t fail. I just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Edison seemed to master mastery in handling himself as well as others, despite multiple failures. It was as if he knew that failures were part of the process of making discoveries. If each of us has managed failures since childhood, technically speaking, we should be masters at going through failures to make discoveries. What kind of breakdown are you going to create today?