‘Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.’
(Winston S. Churchill)
Most people who talk to me or read the Walk into the Future blog know I have a love for reggae music. Growing up I favored other music genres but never could get into reggae. Really, I never took the time to truly ‘listen’ to the artists because I spent more time trying to hear something familiar as oppose to what was really being said.
Long story shorten, Reggae is what I listen to about 85% of the time when I have headphones on. Hearing Reggae live in Negril, Jamaica was my turning point and I continue to gravitate to the beats and stories daily.
- Reggae: a style of Jamaican music blending blues, calypso, and rock and roll, characterized by a strong syncopated rhythm and lyrics of social protest. (Dictionary.com)
Bob Marley released his classic song ‘Get up, Stand up’ in 1973. The intent for Bob Marley and Peter Tosh was to make a statement and speaks to a level of persistence in life.
Decided to revisit this classic song today from an angle to provide an ‘irie’ slant to my current Walk into the Future. I was in negotiations with an organization to provide professional development training for their staff later in the year. I was excited for the opportunity to make a positive difference for the staff and organization.
The organization ‘smartly’ surveyed staff members to get their input into the direction of the professional development training and discovered staff wanted/needed something else. They let me know they were going in another direction based on staff needs. FYI—I fully support the new direction they decided to go because staff identified what they needed—the goal is to build the organization based on their needs.
Most blog posts I describe my Walk into the Future with all the positive things it has brought me. I share this story to remind readers that even though I’m enjoying every day of my current walk, I too experience things that don’t always go my way. No worries!
Bob Marley reminds me to, “Get up, stand up, don’t give up the fight”. I view this small setback as an opportunity to sharpen my skills to ensure I can deliver additional speaking platforms to maximize organizations’ growth potential. This is just one step of many on my Walk into the Future—I’m still moving forward. Also, I have already started on my next proposal for the same organization because I haven’t given up the fight! 😊
My persistence remains and I will continue to find ways to make a difference! Everything Irie!
How do you handle setbacks? What tools do you utilize to bounce back? Curious, thanks!
‘The most interesting thing about a postage stamp is the persistence with which it sticks to its job.’