A Forgetful Failure Makes A Life Wonderful

Fruitful Failure
Failure that plants a seed for future success.
 
The movie It’s a Wonderful Life is now a Christmas holiday classic. Produced in 1946 by Liberty Films, it was a box office failure. Liberty Films couldn’t recoup the $2.3 million production costs, closing its doors in 1951. After a number of sales, Republic Pictures ended up owning the film. At the time it was filmed, copyrights lasted for 28 years. Copyrights could be renewed for another 28 years through registration with the copyright office. 
 
The first 28 years of copyright for It’s a Wonderful Life ended in 1974. Republic Pictures failed to register a renewal. The film became part of the public domain. Anyone could show the film without asking permission. This meant hundreds of local television stations could air the film every Christmas. These local airings went on for about 20 years, making It’s a Wonderful Life a success as a holiday classic. Republic Pictures reasserted its copyright in court in 1993, giving airing rights exclusively to the NBC TV Network in 1996.
 
Republic Picture’s failure to renew
the copyright for It’s a Wonderful Life
planted a seed for the future success of
a box office failure.
 

“It’s a Wonderful Life”
Library of Congress
George Thuronyl
December 22, 2017

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Even An Industrial Powerhouse Can Sour When It Stops Doing The Nuts & Bolts Work

Soured Success
Leaving a path of working with others and satisfying others
to focus on satisfying your desire to feel special

General Electric (GE) was formed in 1892, a merger between Edison General Electric Company and Thomson-Houston Company. Over the years GE’s research lab would give the world:

x-ray machines
(including portable ones)

electric locomotive

technology for voice radio broadcast

electric kitchen appliances
(including the first air-tight refrigerator,
making microwave oven technology possible)

trans-oceanic radio

LED lights

solid-state lasers

self-cleaning ovens

magnets that were precursors to MRI machines

fluorescent lights

GE also contributed to:

industrial plastics

early electronics

power generation

aviation
(including trips to the moon)

From consumer goods to industrial machinery to commercial airliners and nuclear submarines to radar altimeters to romantic comedies to Nobel Prizes, GE was the elite of corporate capitalism. In the beginning, GE did the nuts and bolts work that made it an industrial powerhouse.

With success came expansion, and with expansion came the need for more leaders. In 1956, GE President Ralph Cordiner opened a management training center in Crotonville, New York. The training instilled “consistent values across its management echelon.”

End of the 20th century CEO Jack Welch kept the focus on leadership training, but cut research and development. One part of Welch’s leadership training was moving young executives to different areas of the corporation for different perspectives and experiences. That focus was part of GE’s success. But Welch’s cuts to research and development stopped the nuts and bolts work crucial for remaining a powerhouse. GE’s success began to sour.

Jack Welch thought his leadership training could create flawlessness. That belief was part of GE’s souring. Flawlessness is impossible, especially when perspective and experience are limited by cuts to research and development. High quality products and manufacturing took a back stage to low quality financial maneuvers. GE wanted to continue the special industrial powerhouse feeling without doing the nuts and bolts work crucial for remaining a powerhouse.

Under CEO Jeff Immelt, GE turned to acquiring financial businesses, assuming GE managers could fix anything. It turns out that GE managers couldn’t fix the multi-billion dollar pension shortfall that was bigger than any other corporation’s pension shortfall.

The 2008 financial crash exposed the souring. The company survived only through emergency stock sales and government loan guarantees. GE did poorly even after much of the rest of the world began recovering. After becoming CEO in August 2017, John Flannery decided to start selling off pieces of GE to reduce its size, debt, and pension deficit. GE also faced legal issues, including fraud accusations and SEC investigations.

In 1896, GE became an original member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. It was a continuous member from 1097 until 2018 when it lost its membership. In 2017, GE was the Dow’s worst performing stock.

None of GE’s leaders at least through Jeffrey Immelt saw the opportunities for near flawlessness that Wisconsin billionaire Ken Hendricks saw. Hendricks saw opportunities in focusing on the perspectives of people most CEOs ignore — workers at the bottom. When Hendricks considered buying a business, he listened to what the people at the top claimed about the business. Then Hendricks visited the people at the bottom. Hendricks would ask,

“If you were running this business, what would you do
differently?”

Hendricks told Inc Magazine the results of his conversations with people at the bottom:

“I guarantee if you fixed what they tell you, 95 percent of
the time that would be a successful business. These guys
hit it on the head all the time. But management never
asks them.”

A 95 percent success rate is nearly flawless success.

If an industrial powerhouse can sour, any business can sour. Ken Hendricks demonstrates how to protect your business — small, medium, or large — from souring. He looked for the nuts and bolts work crucial for creating success, then did the nuts and bolts work crucial for maintaining success. For your business, find and do the nuts and bolts work crucial for making your business a success. Keep looking for the nuts and bolts and keep doing the crucial work. You may even create a powerhouse in your industry.

GE left its path of working with others and satisfying others
to focus on satisfying its own desire to feel GE
managers were special

“The bombshell report accusing GE of ‘Enronesque’ fraud is just the latest in the company’s long history of accounting controversies”
Ben Winck
Business Insider
August 16, 2019

“From Light Bulb to Industrial Powerhouse: A Brief History of General Electric Company”
Steve Heller
The Motley Fool
July 12, 2015

“GE’s legal troubles are mounting”
Matt Egan
CNN
February 26, 2018

“General Electric gets booted from the Dow”
Matt Egan
CNN Money
June 19, 2018

“How Do You Make Better Managers?”
Seth Stevenson
Slate
June 9, 2014

“How To Buy A Business”
Inc Magazine
December 1, 2006

“Inside the dismantling of GE”
Matt Egan
CNN Money
June 2018, no specific date on article
http://money.cnn.com/interactive/news/GE-dismantling-interactive/index.html

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Finding Fault Failure In A Modern Day Version Of The Scarlett Letter

Finding Fault Failure
Other people responding negatively to you
because you created a failure they detest

In the 1850 book The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, married woman Hester Prynne had an adulterous affair that left her pregnant. After spending time in prison, Hester had to wear a scarlet letter A so everyone would know she committed adultery. Hester also had to endure public shaming from other people in her town.

While filming the modern day Twilight vampire movie series, stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson became a real life couple. In 2012, the relationship came to an abrupt end when Kristen betrayed Robert. Kristen met up with movie director Rupert Sanders for several public necking sessions. Since Rupert was married, Kristen also betrayed Rupert’s wife.

Twilight fans who found fault with Kristen Stewart’s betrayals erupted with anger. Instead of Kristen wearing a scarlet A so that everyone would know her crime, fault finders wore t-shirts to remind Kristen of her crime:

Kristen Stewart is a Cheater

Kristen Stewart F*cking Sucks

I Wanna Take a Dump on Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart is a Trampire

Fault finders also publicly shamed Kristen Stewart on the Internet:

homewrecker

loser

whore

Kristen SLUTwart

Miss Slutsten

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart reunited for several months, then broke up again. Rumors swirled. The scarlet A followed Hester Prynne to her grave. The word trampire might well follow Kristen Stewart to her grave.

Other people responded negatively to Kristen Stewart
because Kristen created a failure they detest.

Note

Rupert Sanders was equal to Stewart in homewrecking. He also betrayed both his wife and Robert Pattinson. Fault finders did not publicly shame Sanders equal to the way they shamed Stewart. One possibility for the lack of shaming is that Sanders did not have the fan base Stewart had. Another is that fault finders blame women more than men for the same detestable actions.

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Spotlighting The Standout Success Of A 12 Year Old Boy

Spotlighting Standout Success
Other people responding positively to you
because you created a success they value

As told in A Grandson Creates Spectacular Success for His Grandmother, 12 year old Noah Lamaide, grandson of Janice Sparhawk, saved Sparhawk’s house from foreclosure. As news of Noah’s success spread, Internet and television news organizations featured Noah in admiring stories. Noah and Janice appeared together on CBS This Morning.

The spotlights on Noah included:

“‘I never knew that there were so many good people in this world’: Boy, 12, saves grandmother’s house from foreclosure by raising $10,500 in a month”
Daily Mail
England

‘I called our local representative, the governor, the president, not asking for money but asking them to help me find a program and they couldn’t do it. But this 12-year-old could. He saved the house.’
Janice Sparhawk, Noah’s grandmother

“Wisconsin Boy Saves Grandma’s House From Foreclosure”
ABC News

“…always putting others before himself”
Jill Sparhawk Lamaide, Noah’s mother

“12-year-old Philanthropist Noah Lamaide Saves Grandmother from Foreclosure”
Itsy Bitsy Steps

“What a hero!”
Joni Ricar

“Bubby’s Boy! 12-Year-Old Raises Money To Save Grandma’s Home”Global Grind

“…grandson of the year!?”
“The world needs more kids like Noah; what an inspiration.”
The Decider

“Local boy named hometown hero”
KITV News
Sioux City, Iowa

“It is my honor to present a hometown hero award to Noah LaMaide,”
Wisconsin State Rep. Louis Molepske

On The Road
CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley

”…what America really is.”
Steve Hartman

Other people responded positively to Noah Lamaide
because Noah created a success they valued.

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Full-Blown Failure Can Get Yucky

Full-Blown Failure
The unforeseen failure other people intentionally create for you
because you intentionally create failure for them

Clothing designer Dana Roslan brought cookies for her lunches, only to have them stolen by a coworker. Frustrated, Roslan bought dog biscuits that looked like biscotti and set the trap. She said her only remorse was “not being able to see his face after he ate the bait.”

Dana Roslan intentionally created yucky failure for her coworker
because coworker intentionally created cookie failure for her.

“Irritations spur creative revenge”
Ian Urbina
The Seattle Times
March 21, 2005, page 7A

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A Grandson Creates Spectacular Success For His Grandmother

Spectacular Success
The unforeseen success other people intentionally create for you
because you intentionally create success for them.

Janice Sparhawk of Stevens Point, Wisconsin doted on her only biological grandchild, Noah Lamaide, and foster parented close to 100 children. After putting a new roof on her house and enduring health problems, Janice fell behind on her mortgage payments. Her house went into foreclosure and the bank scheduled an auction. Noah learned about the foreclosure when he overheard a conversation between his mother and grandmother.

Noah had already collected food for a food bank. He had already raised money on Noah’s Dream Catcher Network for a picnic at a veteran’s nursing home. He had already raised money to send a friend of his to Disney World with her terminally ill mother.

Noah’s success with Noah’s Dream Catcher Network helped him create spectacular success for Janice. Noah knew how to raise money for good causes and immediately used his already established network presence to raise money for his grandmother. Noah sent out a plea for the $10,000 his grandmother needed to keep her home. Days before the scheduled auction, Noah had raised $10,500.

Noah Lamaide intentionally created unforeseen success
for his doting grandmother
because his doting grandmother
intentionally created success for him.

Any foster child who stays with Janice Sparhawk since her spectacular success also enjoys serendipitous success. Without Noah, they might not have had a foster mother to take them in.

Serendipitous Success
Being in the right place at the right time to just by chance
benefit from Janice Sparhawk’s success in keeping her house

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Basketball’s Three Point Foolish Failure Attitude Towards Jeremy Lin

Foolish Failure
Failing to see opportunities for serendipitous success
in people who are different from you
because you do not understand that
your success is connected to their success

First Point Foolish Failure Attitude

Scouting methodology that focuses on:

Watching videotape to see who “runs really fast, jumps really high, does the quick, easy thing to evaluate”

Predraft workouts to watch for skill work, shooting, and one or two on two or three on three

Second Point Foolish Failure Attitude

Asians are poor athletes.

Third Point Foolish Failure Attitude

Ivy League schools do not produce great athletes.

Failure To See Opportunities

These foolish failure attitudes put Lin in the NBA D-League three times. Coaches passed him over or put him in a back up spot. Finally able to show his stuff for the Knicks, Lin led “a turnaround of an 8–15 team that had lost 11 of its last 13 games.” In short order, “Lin became the first NBA player to score at least 20 points and have seven assists in each of his first five starts.”

Taiwanese American and Harvard grad Jeremy Lin does not do “anything that’s extra flashy or freakishly athletic”, but he is savvy in scoring, assists, steals, blocked shots, field-goal percentage, and free-throw percentage.

How many other valuable players have been left in the D-League or on the bench by basketball’s three point foolish failure attitude?

Other kinds of foolish failure are possible in basketball. Signed to the Houston Rockets, one of Jeremy Lin’s teammates is James Harden. Lin and Harden are good at the same things. They each play their best when the other one does not play. Someone needs to identify a smarter way to use all of their skills all of the time.

Coaches failed to see opportunities for team success
in an Asian player who did not play the stereotyped way
because they did not understand how
how Jeremy Lin’s success was connected to their success.

“Jeremy Lin: Fernando Valenzuela understands Lin-Sanity first hand”
Daniel Brown
San Jose Mercury News
February 16, 2012

“An All-Around Talent, Obscured by His Pedigree”
Chuck Culpepper
The New York Times
September 14, 2010

“From Couch To Clutch”
Pablo S. Torre
Sports Illustrated
February 20, 2012

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A Banker’s Smart Success Attitude Brought Her An Angel In Her Time Of Need

 Smart Success
Seeing opportunities for serendipitous success
in people who are different from you
because you understand that
your success is connected to their success

When homeless Curtis Jackson asked a suburban Chicago banker for money, the banker always treated him with respect. She was smart enough to have the attitude that even homeless people are valuable.

Then the banker lost her job and home and almost her son when Children’s Services threatened to take him away from her.

Curtis Jackson, the homeless man who appreciated the banker’s respectful attitude, began panhandling to keep the banker and her son in a motel. He took what he collected — minus money for food and bus fare — to the banker’s motel every night. From December 2011 to May 2012, he gave her $9,000. He told a reporter that he planned to keep helping the former banker until she no longer needed help. The homeless man other people ignored became an “angel” for the banker and her son.

The banker’s attitude of respect
for the homeless man’s needs
gave him a reason to respect
her need for help during her homelessness.

“Homeless man who befriended banker begs to pay for her hotel after she loses her job and house”
Daniel Bates
Daily Mail
May 12, 2011

“Panhandler Helps Homeless Banker Who Respected Him”
Martin Gould
Newsmax
May 12, 2011

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School Anxiety In Children Causes Freaky Failure In Adults

Freaky Failure
Being in the wrong place at the wrong time to just by chance
suffer a loss because of someone else’s failure

Test anxiety faces every child who takes the minimum 17 exams from 3rd through 12th grade because of No Child Left Behind. Some students are faced with extra anxiety because of stereotypes. Girls face stereotypes that they cannot do well on math and science. Blacks and Latinos face stereotypes that they could not do well in college.

If parents and teachers fail to help children cope with their anxiety, students do not do as well on exams as they could. If children never get help with their anxiety, their performance will continue at less than their potential. When they somehow enter your life as adults (employees at a business you frequent, employees at a service provider you use, your colleague on the job), whatever they bring into your life will be less than what their potential was. You are then in the right place at the right time to just by chance suffer the loss of their best because parents and teachers failed to ease test nxiety in children.

Being in the wrong  place at the wrong time to just by chance
suffer a loss from adults who experienced
unrelieved test anxiety as school children.

“A Depressing Reason Sixth-Grade Girls Score Lower in Math Than Boys”
Melissa Dahl
New York Magazine
September 2, 2015

“Lower Expectations And Stereotypes, Biggest Challenges For Latino Students”
John Benson
Huffington Post
January 14, 2013

“Thin Ice: “Stereotype Threat” and Black College Students”
Claude M. Steele
The Atlantic
August 1999

“The Relation of Early Adolescent Anxieties To Young Adults Occupational Self-concepts”
Mina N. Vida & Jacquelynne S. Eccles
University of Michigan

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The Serendipitous Benefit of Laurene Powell’s Sunflower Success

Serendipitous Success
Being in the right place at the right time to just by chance
benefit from someone else’s success

Laurene Powell planted a garden, including a bed of of sunflowers.

Laurene’s husband was Steve Jobs. Steve and industrial designer Jony Ives walked through Laurene’s garden where they admired the sunflowers and how the flowers seemed to float above the plants.

Inspired, Jobs and Ive designed the sunflower iMac with the floating screen above a rounded base. Laurene Powell’s successful sunflower bed created serendipitous success for Steve Jobs, Jony Ive, and every Apple customer who enjoyed using a sunflower iMac.

Being an iMac buyer at the right time to just by chance
benefit from Laureen Powell’s sunflower bed success

“Steve Jobs Didn’t Invent Design, But He Patented It”
NPR Staff
National Public Radio
May 13, 2012

I used a sunflower iMac for more than 10 years. I still have it.)

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A web host transfer made some posts disappear. Luckily, I copied each post and emailed it to myself. Since I alternated success and failure posts, I will have to remove posts and republish them in success and failure order. I will do this as I have time. Apologies.