Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Failing on the Streets of LA

When were in Los Angeles last week for Andrea's appearance on the TV Guide Channel Show "Idol Chat" we got a chance to drive around our old neighborhood. Andrea has an amazing knowledge of the streets of Los Angeles, having us turn here and there as if she drove them everyday still.

And her amazing ability is from...? As she explains, "I got lost so many times I really learned how to navigate my way around." Another good example of a positive "failure" which has now led to a highly successful navigator of Santa Monica and surrounding environs. As Andrea explains...

"I realized even at the time I was driving around and taking extra time to get places that I was discovering the right ways by doing it all wrong. It actually helped reduce my frustration level too because I was able to see the positive side."

This is an important lesson, one we remind ourselves of consistently; when we are failing at something, we are still learning and that ultimately will help us be more successful.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Courage Crafter Engages in 'Idol Chat'

This past Friday we had an exciting opportunity. Andrea was invited as a guest (Failure Expert)on the TV Guide Channel's "Idol Chat" hosted by former Idol Contestant Kimberly Caldwell and Reality TV Pop Star Rosanna Tavarez.

The topic was from our recent press release entitled "Failure Experts Claim that Rejected American Idol Contestants are More Successful than Most Americans." Obviously, we are not referring to the success around the "singing"but rather the courage to be in the competition; to try and be willing to fail. Ultimately, the willingness to face rejection will propel these contestants (maybe not in singing and dancing!) to higher levels of success than most. It's a trait that is unfortunately not exercised by most of us that prefer to sit on the sidelines and judge.

We have no idea how Andrea did on the show as we haven't even seen it yet but as people who believe in always taking the risk and having the willingness to fail; she did exactly what we wanted - she did the interview.

After the interview we went Palm Springs for some much needed R & R. Because we are intimately aware of the behaviors-results connection, we both recognize that Rich's behaviors were not in alignment with the results we were after on his Fail Your Way to Success Diet Challenge. Some good behaviors: tennis over 2 days and some light swimming. Not so good behaviors: Two amazing dinners at LG's Steakhouse in Palm Desert and BOA in Santa Monica, and lunch at In-N-Out Burger (at Andrea's insistence). However, never ones to cower in defeat or failure, we press on and promise an update next week.

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