While catching up with my email, I read a great story in the Red Tent Woman newsletter.
Peter had just begun his role as a General Manager for a multi-million dollar company. He arrived on his first day, excited and thrilled with the prospect of what lay ahead. John, the owner of the company, gave him his first acquisition and entrusted Peter with a million dollar deal.
A few weeks later Peter had made a huge mistake in the investment and lost the entire amount. Humbly he went back to John and told him what had happened with the belief that he would be let go.
After listening to Peter’s story John asked him what he learnt from the deal and Peter shared what he thought his mistakes were. Peter then apologised and turned to leave the office. John stopped him and asked where he was going. Peter, confused and bewildered, told John he would make it easy for him and quietly resign. John stopped him and said, “Why would I let you go after having just invested one million dollars in your education?
“Sometimes things go wrong in our business that can be really challenging, take up valuable resources and sometimes even feel like we’ve been taken hostage. Ask yourself what you can learn from it instead of allowing yourself to be swallowed up by it. That way it seems like an investment instead of a loss.