Most people associate the story of 3M Sticky Notes with the truth of how failure can and often does lead to success. But when I hear the story, I see something different.
The “Sticky Notes” story involves one man setting out to solve a problem by attempting to create a better adhesive for 3M tapes and instead stumbled on a unique type of adhesive but didn’t know what to do with it. It wasn’t until another man came along wanting to solve the problem of his scrap paper bookmarks falling out of his hymnal, that this unique adhesive got a second look. And it ultimately became the success used in homes, offices and schools around the world.
It’s true, the initial attempt to create a better adhesive for tape failed, but what I see is The Value of Two.
The value of two is a huge piece of the puzzle for both staying motivated and achieving our goals. Any successful person is quick to acknowledge the truth of how valuable others were in helping them succeed. Those who make it to the finish line do so by implementing the value of two.
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor. If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.” Ecclesiastes 4:9,10
No matter the goal, one of the best ways to stay motivated is to bring someone else along on the journey. And not just anyone; it takes certain types of people to “stick” with us.
People who believe in us and all what we are capable of achieving.
People who listen and truly hear our hearts.
People strong enough to go against the grain when we need to change our approach.
People who love us enough to challenge us to take two steps when we don’t thing we can even take one more.
People who will see our failings and remind us of the reward.
People who will share our vision and help lead when we can’t figure out where we are going.
People who will hold us accountable to our goal for the sake of seeing us grow.
The well-known and much used proverb, “Two heads are better than one” is true every step of the way if we are going to successfully journey to our goal. Perhaps implementing the value of two into our planning stage will help us get there faster than we imagined possible.
Maybe the place to begin is with a pack of Sticky Notes!