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Melissa Ganus

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What are your New Year's resolutions?

Last year, Sajeesh Ragavan posted this question at http://www.ted.com/profiles/933068

Now, having made it through the 21st of December, 2012, it seems like exactly the right time to post it again!

I've been inspired by Dr Mike Evans short video about how much more successful New Year's resolutions tend to be compared with making resolutions at other times of year. Just posted a TEDed and would welcome your thoughts and feedback: http://ed.ted.com/on/cu5IwKY6

Happy New Year!!!


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    Jan 6 2013: I resolve to make mistakes.

    I know I can achieve this and I know that I am learning as a result. Win-win.
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      Jan 6 2013: Love it! I've been hearing more about "productive failure" especially from one of my daughters, a recent TEDx presenter. Made this TEDed lesson for her video: http://ed.ted.com/on/myNbnIFE
      I've often tried to remember "If you aren't having fun, at least you're probably learning something!"
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        Jan 6 2013: I LOVE that..."if you aren't having fun, at least you're probably learning something"!

        So, if something is "productive", is it a "failure"?
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          Jan 7 2013: The way I've seen "productive failure" used is to reframe an effort that didn't meet the stated objectives as a learning experience that contributes to the next effort. I tried raising money with an IndieGogo campaign last month, launching before I'd known enough about what it'd take to succeed and quickly recognizing that what I'd put up wasn't ready for broader promotion. Made it much easier to refocus my efforts rather than twisting and turning to try to make a dud work. I spent so many hours learning about it as a result of having tried, though, that I'm far more confident about a second effort, and I'm now taking the time to pull all the necessary pieces together. I'm also further along the learning curve than many others I know and am delighted to be able to advise them - crowd-sourced funding is a fantastic way to get support for cool ideas.

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        Jan 7 2013: Hi again Melissa,

        I understand what you mean by "productive failure",and it is a great way to reframe an effort that may not have worked out as planned. I believe that life is an exploration...an opportunity to learn, grow and evolve in every moment. So, I don't generally label anything a "failure"....even a "productive failure"...LOL. For me, everything is about learning and moving on to the next step of growth for ourselves and the whole:>)
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      Jan 7 2013: Keep up the good work Linda. I know you will be successful at it. :)

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