“Sometimes failure is the tuition you pay for success.”
One of my favorite exercises to complete after any significant initiative, personal or professional, good or bad, is the After Action Review. These five questions allow you to codify success or failure and begin learning and growth.
- What were our intended results?
- What were our actual results?
- What caused our results?
- What will we do the same next time?
- What will we do differently?
In preparation for any key initiative taking the time to think through a variation of the first three questions is highly impactful and will maximize your likelihood of success.
- What are my intended results?
- How will I measure those results?
- What will cause these results?
Everyone will fail; the question is whether or not you can convert this experience into one with a positive return on investment? Why pay the tuition if you aren’t going to learn anything?