During this past weekend I had the pleasure to meet Reggie Love at the Canadian Federation of Podiatric Medicine (CFPM) conference. He recently resigned as a personal aide to US President Barack Obama to devote more time to finishing his MBA at the Wharton Business School.
As part of a motivational speech to the delegates at the conference he spoke of his experiences at Duke University in North Carolina as a basketball and football player from 2001- 2005. He described his failure to make the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys of the NFL in 2006/2007. All of these experiences helped hime to meet the demands of intially working in Barack Obama's, United States senate office in Washington DC, the subsequent U.S. presidential campaign and finally in the White House as a personal aide to the U.S. President.
He discussed being prepared for every task may not elimanate all errors but can significantly minimize the serious ones. All errors should be treated as a learning experience to prevent them in the future. Sometimes the easy solutions are overlooked when they might be staring you right in the face.
In the picture above from left to right are Stephen Hartman CFPM CEO, Reggie Love, Peter Guy and Ian McLean, CFPM President.