It was 10 years ago when I was starting my IT career path. I had a team leader who had some issues with his hands; I believe this was a signed for carpal tunnel syndrome.

This realization got me wondering what I can do about it to ensure that ten years later I won’t be in the same situation. My research showed that a small and handy device called Powerball can help in preventing this.

Have you ever tried to spin a Powerball?

I know I had. And the first time I tried, I failed. I didn’t know how to rotate the ball and how to make the movement which would keep the ball spinning.

Many fail attempts later and I am now an expert. I really like this tool, because it gives me an easy, cheap and fast way to pump some energy into my system and did I mention already that it is good for preventing carpal tunnel syndrome.

It is small and compact and easy to maintain.

A hand holding a powerball device, useful for every product manager who works all day in front of a computer

Powerball is easy to spin, just give it a go!

Many people who saw me using this tool, also become curious about it and even asked me if they could try it.

If you can bet some money, would you bet on the fact that those people who saw me spinning the Powerball and wanted to try it on their own were successful on their first attempt, or unsuccessful?

If you had chosen the latter, you would be absolutely right! Everyone, on their first attempt to spin the ball, failed absolutely miserably!

Should this finding surprise us?
Should this discourage us to do anything new, just because we will fail?

The psychology of success!

Failing is just a natural part of becoming a good in something.

Being a failure is not an overnight event, and so is being successful!

Tony Robbins

We often forget that success is not an event, but a process. If each day we reduce our failure rate by 0.1% this is already a successful day!

It is the same with the story of how the light bulb was invented. Thomas Edison found 10000 ways how to not create the light bulb until he found the one.

There is a famous myth that to become an expert in anything you need 10000 hours.
What do you think people will do during those 10000 hours? They would study, practice, fail and will repeat the cycle.

The Strategy

Now that we know that failing is inevitable and success is not an overnight achievement, what could we learn from that?

The best strategy we could apply is to have a clear goal and divide the activities we want to achieve, not by the day, but by the week or the month. We need to give ourselves enough time and space for trying and failing, because if we don’t we risk to never master the skill that we desire.

This means that next time instead of being hard on yourself, just because you hadn’t become suddenly the best in something, just because you try it a few times. Give yourself a permission to try it for a longer period of time and a permission that to fail at something is okay. This is the road to mastery.

Summary

On our way to gain a new skill, we must first study about it, this will lead to practice what we learned and this will lead to failure and this must trigger us to repeat the cycle.

Yes, failing is inevitable, but our goal is not to live day by day. Instead, having a vision where we want to go and giving ourselves enough time to go there is the key to any success.

Remember this is you try to spin the Powerball and you fail and soon you will be the master of this craft!

Aleks Vladimriov is a Senior Software Developer, recognized Project Manager and Soft-skilled trainer and a coach.

Aleks Vladimirov

Solution Engineering Manager at Thales | Senior IT Professional | Startup Mentor and Product Manager

Aleks is experienced Product Manager with an engineer background and over 10 years of experience as a software developer. He works with different governments and is responsible for negotiation features and requirements, understanding the customers’ needs and supporting the senior management with regular reports and analysis. He held various positions starting as a software developer, moving to a team leader and software architect.

He strives in waterfall and agile environment alike. He is certified Scrum Master and Prince2 Practitioner and he knows how to design business processes and help teams optimize their work.
During his tenure, he had to wear many hats, prioritizing business requirements, delegating work and mentoring team members, creating mockups with Balsamiq, providing MS Project plan to the senior management.

He had worked in many international teams, located in the same city or distributed in different countries and continents. He had been a team leader of cross functional international team of 8 people.

In his current position, he is very much client focused. He has excellent presentation skills.
He delivers training sessions on presentation skills and leadership and he had helped hundred of people to improve their presentation skills.

He is also interested in creating more positive changes in the workplace by using entrepreneurship skills.
He had won startup competition where his team had validated and develop a business idea from scratch.

In his free time, he writes in his blog about effective product development.