My Most Valuable Life Lesson

My Most Valuable Life Lesson

Articles Blog


Have you ever made a mistake so big that
it drove you to despair or even depression early on in my career I made
a foolish mistake that absolutely devastated me the lesson I learned was
incredibly valuable and has stood me in good stead for my entire life hi I’m
coach John when I was just beginning my corporate career I was assigned a big
project a really big project where I had no previous experience I was asked to
layout and design a sheet metal manufacturing building now being young
and bold I accepted the project with excitement but I had a healthy dose of
fear I had never before been entrusted with that much responsibility the good
news I was thought well enough of that I was entrusted with the project the bad
news I got the project now I had a lot of work to do so I tackled the design I
got out my trusty pencil and I got to work I did time and motion studies for
the first time I interviewed employees to determine optimal throughput routes
and I drew it up a layout included two large interior gantry cranes the rails
of largest grain ran along the edge of the building where a large roll-up door
was installed this door is where the pallets of sheet metal entered the
building and the crane would pick them up and move the material to the
appropriate spot in the shop it all seems so simple except for the fact that
the roll-up door protruded into the interior space by 30 inches and the
crane housing extended a couple of feet outside of the rails and as I was
inspecting the work I realized the crane gantry would run into the roll-up door
casing this was bad it was gonna cost money and time to buy and install new
columns for the crane I had to tell my boss I sucked up my courage and I shared
what I had discovered and he simply asked me how tall did the columns need
to be now I knew he was gonna ask this question so I had studied that situation
and I estimated the new height I told them they need to be 14 feet and we
ordered the new columns and this is where it gets really bad when the new
columns came in to my horror of Horrors I realized my fourteen foot estimate
wasn’t enough I had felt so certain that my estimate was gonna be plenty high I
missed it by three inches the new columns were still
to short I could have missed it by a foot and the result would have been the
same I cursed myself not only had I screwed up once I did it again
I was devastated I was embarrassed I thought I was gonna get fired I flayed
myself with a mental whip and beat myself up within an inch of my mental
life my chest began to hurt I thought I was gonna have a heart attack I had to
go back and tell my boss it was dreadful my boss listened and then he asked me
what needed to be done to fix the problem and that’s all he said he
focused on fixing the problem had to be fixed I went back out climbed a ladder
measured everything twice I asked my boss to double-check my figures and this
time I had done the work that needed to be done the crane was installed and the
rest of the project proceeded according to plan but there was still a problem a
big problem I was broken my confidence was at an
all-time low I doubted every decision there after I became an uber
perfectionist I couldn’t make a decision I was dejected and depressed you could
see it in my face I just knew that everyone thought that I was a pool I was
ashamed and I thought I would never be trusted again few days go by and my boss
calls me back into his office as I sit down he begins to tell me his story
about a mistake he had made early in his career he explained that everyone makes
mistakes he pointed out how many quality decisions I had made he assured me that
I still had the right stuff he said he still had faith in me he told me that
not everyone has the courage to take on a big project with no prior experience
and he shared that whenever you’re learning something new there were always
going to be mistakes and just because I had been foolish not measuring I wasn’t
a fool and he explained that in time it would get better it wasn’t the end of
the world nobody died learn from it grow from it be better from it and then
he said something I’ve never forgotten he said that the Sun would still come up
tomorrow yeah that’s right the Sun would still come up tomorrow now I’ve made
plenty of mistakes since some of them have been real real doozies but I’ve
never forgotten that lesson whenever I see a sunrise I remember that
event God has a plan and some of those plans include harsh lessons without
which we can’t make the impact that God has designed for us mistakes are not the
they are lessons a foolish mistake does not make one a fool Winston Churchill
once said that success is not final failure is not fatal it is the courage
to continue that counts and John Wooden said failure isn’t fatal
but failure to change might be I learned an incredibly valuable lesson from that
experience and I thank God more times than I can count that I had a mentor
that believed in me and helped me learn and grow I’ve made it my mission to
carry this lesson forward to others the Sun will come up tomorrow before you
leave scroll down and leave a comment share a lesson that you learned or how
you helped someone else overcome their mistakes you can help someone else learn
the lesson without having to experience the pain keep learning keep growing and
make the impact that you were meant to make Cheers your success you

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *