Are the best lessons the ones you learn what not to do?

May 24, 2010

You walk into a bar. The next time you duck. Yes, bad joke, but serious point. We learn quickly when it hurts. And we constantly learn from situations that leave us feeling like we would never do that to someone else or make that mistake again.

In a weird way, I always thought it would be the other way. And maybe that is why feel good stories are so… well, feel good. When someone donates an anonymous check to a charity with no intention other than to help. When a complete stranger assists someone in an emergency and then disappears only leaving an appreciative acquaintance. When sports rivals stand united when a tragedy has struck their world. Those stories are inspirational, emotional, and they reach to the core in all of us that makes us realize why we are human.

And so often in business we are confronted with lessons learned from greed, egocentric arrogance, and aspirations of greatness at any cost. I have seen agencies simply grown for no other reason to be the biggest in numbers, not the best in product. Co-workers feel crushed from management who take credit when times are good and pass blame when times are bad. And good people turn horrifically ugly when someone gets between them and a sale.

I believe you have to have the good with the bad. And those who have been through both can hopefully yell “duck” before we get there.

What about you? How are you learning?


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