I realized this morning that NACMA is less than three weeks away...and started to get a tiny bit stressed.
We still have lots to do! NACMA is a team effort around here, and nearly everyone in the office is contributing in some way. There's been hotel reservations, party invitations...trailer rentals and graphics environmental. A photo shoot and ordering loot. Booth construction and office obstruction. And I don't have enough brain power to think of more rhyming phrases. Instead, I'll turn my attention to checking more off our list.
Old Hat Clients - make sure to watch your mail and email for more information soon!
Confidence can be a self-fulfilling prophecy as those without it may fail or not try because they lack it and those with it may succeed because they have it rather than because of an innate ability.
Nearly a full year has passed since I started working with OldHat Creative and the University of Utah. This year has has pushed me further allowing me to develope into a better more confident person. My growth is of course awesome, but when I look back and deeply think about where I was before, I realize I have come really far. I was not necessarily down in every aspect of my life, but I definitely lacked something inside. There were various things that I let take control of my life which put me in a depressive state of mind. I struggled with dating and simple conversations with women. I struggled with things I was normally passionate about including art, sports, music, etc. I just didn't seem to have any killer instinct to push me past the hard times, but that all changed in this past year. I decided that I finally needed to move forward and get out of the depressive life I was living. I rolled over a lot of bumps in the road, but I eventually acquired confidence. Gaining this confidence I worked hard, but certainly did not do it alone. Fortune struck me in a great group of new friends, being associated with University of Utah coaches and athletes, and my family building me up because they admired everything I was doing with my life. The new set of friends built me up everyday They constantly told me how much they appreciated me and my talents. University of Utah coaches and athletes showed me how passionate and confident they were in each sport. They set the bar higher every week and continued to inspire the entire state Utah. The gymnastics team in particular taught me so much about myself. They may not have had a ton of personal interaction with me, but gave me the opportunity to observe everything they strived for this season. Their passion and drive gave me a reason to devleope my own confidence more. All of this developement transitioned well into my family life. Each family member seemed to notice I was happier and more confident. They built me up even more as time went on because they were happy too. So, as this first year comes to a close with OldHat Creative and the University of Utah I find myself looking forward to bigger and better things. I know that my confidence is only going to continue growing and I will continue becoming a better person.
Every failure is a lesson. Honestly, the blog could stop here. I know better than to start a blog or a presentation with the final point, but it is how I am going to roll today. If you want to stop reading, just click here.
Thanks for staying with me to this point, I will do my best to make it worth your time. Failure. It sucks, but we all go through it. I am a firm believer that you should constantly be learning and I have said as much in quite a few blogs. Every interaction and every experience is an opportunity to learn. I wish I could say that I always keep that in my mind, but I am human and prone to forget. However, when it comes to failure, I make a point to think back of the situation to see what lessons could be learned.
Recently, we failed on a bid for a project. It happens. We get to do a lot of amazing work, but we also do not always have the winning bid. It is a part of the business and always will be, but what we learn from those failures goes a long way toward us not failing the next time we place a bid. Based on what you have read so far, it is fair to be wondering what the lesson from this failure was and that is the reason I asked you to keep reading. Unfortunately, there has not been a clear lesson from this failure. We obviously failed because we are not doing the project, but the reasoning behind that is something that was entirely out of our control and I HATE IT. I want to learn and improve so I can blog about the amazing project we are working on, not my failure. I want to be better the next time we put out a bid.
As an important person in my life told me, maybe that is the lesson. You cannot control every aspect and you cannot always fix what went wrong. This is not a new lesson, but it is a lesson nonetheless.
Meow, if we wanted to talk about lessons I have learned recently from failures, we could discuss my garden or in all honesty, my pile of dirt, but that is a blog for another day.