There’s a famous expression often used to explain your crappy old car: “it gets me from A to B”. What an intriguing little phrase. It makes getting from one point to another sound remarkably easy: it only requires a battered old banger to achieve it.
In my personal life, I have found the reality of the journey from A to B much more challenging. In fact, I have all too often found getting from point A to point B very difficult indeed. I wouldn’t need an old beat up motor, but instead a top of the range brand new v8!
First of all, let’s have a look at why getting from A to B is important. For me, this part is quite simple – there must be something at point B that we really want or need. To succeed in life, we need to reach our desired destination – whatever or wherever this may be. We need to get from where we currently are (point A) to where we want to be (point B). However, there are many potential points of failure in this journey. From my experience, these potential failure points can be summarized into five parts:
- Not understanding where you are (point A)
- Not knowing where you want to end up (point B)
- Not appreciating why you want to get there
- Not setting off on your journey (not taking any action)
- Not mapping out how you’re going to get there
I’ve failed many times in my life.
Saying these two things is almost a contradiction in terms. Not because the British don’t fail. Oh no, quite the opposite. Failure is a huge taboo in Britain and this is an extremely dangerous flaw in our national persona. By not accepting failure, we cannot understand why we failed. We cannot learn how to avoid this failure in the future. Ironically, the lack of this learning cycle leads to more, you guessed it, failure!
Therefore, what better way to start my Yakezie journey than to publicly humiliate myself and share some of my many failures under each of these categories! Read More