The breakthrough can be a great milestone in anyone’s personal life. Or it could be an important moment for business.
As children, we have had several successes at the age of five. Although they were memorable times, they did not walk in the park. We fell countless times before we took our first step. We also failed when we first tried to talk or feed ourselves. But we have never been discouraged. We got up and we took another step until there was a progress in each of them.
As adults, walking, talking and feeding ourselves are so common that we think very little about it. Once we have mastered these we move on to a few other advances like tying shoes, riding bikes, reading, writing, learning math. However, we had many, many breakdowns before we could walk or do others.
We have experienced breakdowns or failures before we have achieved anything significant. As children we are not deterred by breakdowns. When we watch children learn to walk, it is not seen that failure occurs as a problem or breakdown. Every healthy child gets up to take another step, even if they scream from falling.
As we grow older and follow our careers we aspire to success in salary, degree and prestige of our hired company. To achieve these career criteria, we volunteer for new responsibilities, take on new and more complex tasks, and focus somewhat on managing others. In the beginning, we are stretched. In fact, our performance may be the best. During the learning curve, we create what is called wrong. Except, this mistake or failure is no different from the breakdown we had when we took our first step. Like mastering walking we can also master our careers.
Facing expertise in our careers, companies are committed to making progress that sets them apart in the market. Most breakthroughs have no blueprint. If it is, it is probably an improvement over what already exists. Breakthroughs, on the other hand, move people in unfamiliar areas. There is a possibility of many breakdowns in that unfamiliar area. Some directly related to the service or product. In other cases, it may result in miscommunication, budget and time, or lack of proper answers on how to take the next step.
Whether it is personal or professional, it seems that human experience can never be broken. Those who are brave enough to walk through the rupture are rewarded for their best achievements. At worst, they will learn lessons that can only be achieved through experience – following breakthroughs.
While the breakdown seems counterproductive, it seems almost impossible to avoid if you are committed to the breakthrough. Yet, no one talks about the intentional breakdown they will create.
Perhaps there is no link between success and mastery of breakthroughs with intelligence. Even if people don’t know how to make it, they may have something more to do with taking a stand for a result. Thomas Edison summed it up best: “I didn’t fail. I just found 10,000 ways that wouldn’t work.” In the face of multiple breakdowns, Edison seemed to have mastered the art of managing himself and others. Looks like breakdowns were part of the process of making breakthroughs. Technically speaking if we have all been conducting breakdowns since childhood, we should be masters on the way to breakthroughs. What breakdown will you make today?