I Failed, but I’m Better for It

I grew up believing that failure wasn’t an option.  The fear of failure often crippled me from pursuing new relationships, adventures, and opportunities. After years of sheltering myself from trying anything new, I eventually found myself living in a hollow world where I wasn’t fulfilled or happy. If this sounds like you, you’re not alone!
Everyone puts so much pressure on themselves to be perfect. News flash!! – You’re NOT perfect and guess what? – It’s OKAY!! Perfect sucks!  Now that I am well into my career at PRIDE Health I have quickly realized that failure is the number one reason I have accomplished so much here. Nearly 3 years ago, I decided to leave a world of comfort and predictability to open a healthcare staffing firm in Minneapolis with less than 3 years of staffing industry experience. A world of unknown possibilities and challenges was overwhelming and the fear of failing was even more debilitating. After several self-pep talks, ‘you can do this, you can do this, YOU CAN DO THIS’ I closed my eyes, said a little prayer, and jumped. Buckle up, Chanell because you’re about to fail hard and fail often.
Failure became a regular visitor in the first few years and it came in all shapes and sizes. Failure came in at such a stifling rate it became a little comical – I felt like I was on an episode of “Punked” with Ashton Kutcher except Ashton never came out!  The amount of times my team heard the words ‘oh no….’ come out of my mouth was regrettably all too often. Week after week, and month after month, I told myself ‘the team is relying on you – now get back up, dust yourself off, and let’s go!’ The failure I regularly encountered were lessons I needed to learn and they were necessary lessons in order to get us to where we are today. I could have let the challenges consume me, but this team and everything we have worked so hard for was too important for me to give up. We are not out of the woods yet as there is a corridor of failure and lessons still left to be learned. The difference now is that I am not afraid, I will look failure dead in the eye and keep going. As Dale Carnegie said “Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success”.
I am so proud of what we have built and what we will continue to build in the years to come. It’s foundation of past failures is what makes us so successful and #WhyIPHC. If I may leave you with anything fail forward and fail often because your success story awaits. #TakeItToTheMat #AIKIDO

Chanell Leach

Chanell is the Director of Strategic Accounts located in Minneapolis.

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