Re-defining Failure

Let me give you a great example; I was walking around humming the blues when I dropped my Motorola Atrix (I’m old and cheap) on the cold, hard marble floor. I frantically picked it up to find a one-inch crack going through the middle of the screen. I felt the crack in my heart too, and in my purse. On my way home I stopped by a few phone stores and was told it would cost me £50 to replace the screen.

So I sulked a little more. I went home and YouTubed DIY channels to find out how to replace the screen by myself to some precious bucks. It looked  easy; I just had to pop a piece of metal into the speaker slot  and gently nudge and prise the screen out. So I got out a screwdriver (which took me forever to find), popped that bugger in and tilted it ever so gently. It was like an elongating spider web; the cracks lengthened and expanded through the whole screen and went deeper than before. My phone was now unusable.

The lesson

  • Determine the severity of your mistake/s

I had to step back, understand that the only thing I was truly saddened about was the money it would take to fix it because the damage was more extensive with the whole screwdriver fiasco. The fact was that I was only losing out on money which is replaceable with…well, other money.

  • Recognise your role in this.

I should not have picked up that screwdriver.

  • Learn from it.

I was dumb enough to think that by watching a 2 minute YouTube clip by a professional, that I could replicate it with a massive screwdriver.

  • Let it go.

I bought a new phone and never touched another screwdriver ever again.

8 thoughts on “Re-defining Failure

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  1. “I should not have picked up that screwdriver.”
    Same. Same. I tried that with a laptop screen. Ended up 50 dollars out and still in need of a new laptop.

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