Making a ruckus while failing

…that’s what Seth Godin said to do today at his blog and I enjoy following his advice.

Well, here it goes:  A few weeks ago I wrote a post about not fearing success.  In that post I mentioned an abstract I’d submitted for the Theory of Constraints International Certification Organization conference in Las Vegas in June.  Today I got word my presentation was declined by the selection committee.

Dear Submitter,

The TOCICO would like to thank you for your submission for the 2010 International Conference in Las Vegas.  The response to the call for presentation was unprecedented in quality and quantity.  I regret to inform you that your presentation was not selected by the committee this year.

I wasn’t shocked by the e-mail, as a friend who’d also submitted an abstract received his congratulations e-mail on Thursday.

Funny how this event makes me think of a selection process I supported last year.  We made sure to tell those that weren’t selected at the very same instant, if not just before, those that were selected.  Now, I won’t claim that everything went great with that selection (I think I still have the bruises from the fights that broke out afterward), but I didn’t get any complaints about the timing of the announcements (and considering how many complaints I got about other parts of the process, I would think the topic would have come up).  Okay, I’ve spun off on a bird walk…where was I?

Oh, yes.

Don’t fear success and don’t fear making a ruckus while failing.

[p.s. To all of you out there who inquired about the status and about how I was doing waiting to hear: Thank you for all your support and well wishes.  When you’re driving change, it pays to have loyal, supportive friends around you! ]

5 thoughts on “Making a ruckus while failing”

  1. I eventually learned making mistakes is evidense you are actually doing something (as opposed to standing by, observing). Wish I’d known that at a very early age.

  2. William Lehman

    It’s simular to a comment and belief generaly held around the waterfront. It’s easy to be injury free for the year…Sit in the hangout.

  3. The way I see it, this just means that when you do present (next year or whenever) you’ll have even more successes to talk about and advice worth listening to.

  4. April K. Mills

    Steve – Thanks for the comment and congratulations on your place on the conference schedule. Your topic sounds fascinating. If you want to share a draft or the final product with the world, let me know and I’ll run it here if you like.

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