I wrote a piece today while here in Paris, France for LinkedIn influencers, and I am glad to see it has sparked an important conversation around "Celebrating A Culture of Failure." This in a place that generally speaking has no place for the perception of failure.
A few of my proud French friends may see this as some form of French bashing, but nothing could be further from the truth. I have no reason to do anything but celebrate such a great and generally open place. I push my own country -- America -- all the time, and some may call that criticism too. I call it simple care and concern.
When you care, you don't pat people on the head, you nurture and actively encourage their growth. It's the highest kind of love, as it only seeks to make the good, better.
It is about the nurturing of the spirit of a country and a people to be even better, to reach even higher -- because when they do this, the entire world benefits.
This was also the positive sentiment and energy that contributed to my very smart wife, Mrs. Natasha Bryant, also a businesswoman and small business owner, making the following wise addition to my piece:
"...And (this is) why most of the (freedom seeking people in the) world run to the US---the land where you can try, fail, get back up, and try again---and have people rooting for you along the way. For France and other countries to regain their footing, truly, they must reimagine their culture, country, and practices. They must see their model isn't working like it used to, like it should, and find ways to change it or watch their ultimate fear take form---failure."
Now you see why some people call me smart (smile). I listen to her, a lot. You can see Natasha's Blog here.
Okay, let's go.
John Hope Bryant is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE and Bryant Group Companies, Inc. Magazine/CEO READ bestselling business author of LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass), and is the only 2010-2012 bestselling business author in America who is also African-American. Hisnewest book, due out May, 2014, is HOW THE POOR CAN SAVE CAPITALISM, and will be published byBerrett Koehler Publishing. Bryant is a Member of the U.S. President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans, .