Sometimes, learning how to “miss” is just as important as landing the punch.

Our founder, Elena Paraskevas-Thadani, shares some wisdom she has learned from her boxing instructor:

“While most boxing instructors typically focus exclusively on how to land punches, one of the best instructors I train with also teaches us how to miss.

By way of example, he might instruct, “now throw a cross —and miss,” and then he models regaining balance and the next few moves right after, which he expects us to land.

A true leader knows that missing is inevitable, and trains their team not only on hitting the mark, but on how to keep going when they miss it.

Missing a punch is not the end of the fight; it is merely a momentary setback.

A great leader encourages us to analyze our missed punches, extracting valuable lessons from each experience.

They teach us to evaluate our technique, timing, and positioning, seeking opportunities for improvement.

By emphasizing the importance of self-reflection and learning from our mistakes, they foster a growth mindset.

Rather than dwelling on failure, they train us to expect and overcome it, transforming setbacks into stepping stones towards success.

In boxing, missing a punch can be mentally disorienting and demoralizing. However, a good leader teaches us to let go of our attachment to perfection, and instead focus on the present moment and the opportunities it holds.

Because, it is not the missed punches that define us, but our ability to recover and keep on fighting.”

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