I’m sure you know the saying, “If at first you don’t succeed then try, try again.”
That saying is going to be the message I share at this years Toastmasters International Speaking Competition. The first of a five round competition takes place in March. If you’re unfamiliar with the ‘Toastmasters International Speaking Competition’ think of it like this: it’s a chance to take your public speaking credentials from amateur to semi pro, overnight.
This will be my fifth crack at the competition where 50,000 participants compete each year for a chance to be number one.
Every year my dream has been broken by the third round but it’s like my dad says, “If it wasn’t for the losers, where would the winners be?
They would be in my shoes, hungry, patient.
Patience… when I was a young boy I followed my father around like a barnacle. It turned out being a smart move because my dad farms, fishes, builds, rides motorcycles, and has more bear stories than a hunter.
My dad (shown in the above picture) will fix a toaster no matter how much time it requires. He’ll say, “If man built it, man can fix it.” Then he’ll grin every single time.
When my guitar amp blew, dad stared at the circuit board for an hour before making a move. I said, “Dad whatever, it’s cheap electronics, I’ll just buy a new one.”
“I can fix it,” he said. Five hours later we fired that amplifier up, and 10 years later that amplifier still works.
My fiance might tell you that I am not that handy. It’s not that I can’t do it, it’s just that I like failing at different kinds of things. My dad will spend an hour staring at a circuit board in an amplifier. I’ll spend an hour turning a five word sentence into a four word sentence. What will you spend an hour doing?
Why not spend the next hour thinking about how great and wonderful you are. Do you remember how we talked about positive affirmations in my last blog? I said that it feels good to say things like, “My heart beats to the rhythm of love.”
And you said, “I bring joy back to the center of my heart.”
I said, “I express love to all.”
You said, “I lovingly allow joy to flow through my mind, body, and experience.”
My dad said, “I can fix anything.”
Astronaut Chris Hadfield said
I know for a fact that you can’t help but smile when you’re filling up with positivity. Now in my speech I’m going to conclude with something like failure is feedback, and if you don’t succeed then you know what to do.
Blam, we have the first draft of my International speech. Now I’m going to think about it for a few days and then I’m going to get serious about the subject, and hopefully we can attract a win. If not, you won’t hear about it until I try again next year.
Have a great and wonderful day!