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Rising from Setbacks: Embrace Failure for Ultimate Success

The Unexpected Turn: A Story of Resilience

Imagine this: it’s 2007, and I’m about to sign contracts to sell our family business, BANGitUP. My father, my greatest mentor and chairman of Maxys, tragically drowns in a boating accident and the business sale falls over – eventually handed over for just $1 (after seven years of work). Devastated, I faced a defining moment in my life, and to be honest, it took some time to choose to embrace the loss and failure, learn from it, and use the lessons to drive me forward.

This is a true story of how success emerges from the ashes of failure.

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Embracing failure: the key to unlocking your business potential

Mark Ritson & Byron Sharp: The Wisdom of the Masters

From a marketing perspective, Mark Ritson and Byron Sharp, two renowned marketing gurus, have always emphasised the importance of learning from failure. They teach us that setbacks are opportunities to reflect, adapt, and grow. As a marketing professional, I’ve drawn inspiration from their teachings, moulding my approach to better serve my clients.

The Jobs To Be Done (JTBD) & Maxys FACE Approach

JTBD is a powerful framework that focuses on identifying and addressing the core needs of customers. At Maxys, we’ve developed our unique FACE approach, which stands for:

  1. Focus: Understanding the client’s objectives and desired outcomes.
  2. Align: Aligning our marketing strategies with the client’s goals and values.
  3. Create: Crafting compelling content that resonates with the target audience.
  4. Engage: Actively engaging with customers to foster lasting relationships.

This human-centric approach underpins everything we do at Maxys, ensuring that our services are tailored to meet the specific needs of our clients.

Why a Customer-Centred Approach Matters

True success isn’t about sales pitches or pushing products. It’s about understanding the people behind the numbers, connecting with them on a deeper level, and addressing their needs in a meaningful way. Our customer-centred approach means we’re not just marketing professionals; we’re also empathetic listeners, skilled communicators, and problem solvers.

The Power of Storytelling: An Essential Ingredient for Success

One of the most powerful tools in our arsenal is storytelling. By weaving engaging, relatable narratives that resonate with our audience, we create memorable experiences that drive lasting connections. Whether it’s through photography, video production, or presenter training, our stories are crafted to captivate and inspire.

I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times, I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." - Michael Jordan
I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times, I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

Learning from Failure: A Lesson for Business Owners and Leaders

As a business owner or leader, embracing failure and learning from it is essential for growth. When things don’t go as planned, resist the urge to dwell on the negatives. Instead, analyse the situation, identify the lessons, and use them to propel you forward. This mindset will not only foster resilience but also help you become a more effective and empathetic leader.

In Conclusion: Rising from the Ashes

Our journey at Maxys has been marked by successes and failures alike. But it’s the lessons learned from those setbacks that have shaped our approach and made us who we are today. We’re proud to be a company that values human connections, embraces storytelling, and is committed to helping our clients achieve their goals. So, whether you’re a local business owner, a CEO, or a CMO, we’re here to support you on your journey to success.

The next time you face a setback, remember this: true success comes from embracing failure, learning its lessons, and using them to drive us forward. Let’s rise from the ashes together.

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Scott Maxworthy Director
Experienced, “hands-on”, results-driven, digitally savvy marketing leader specialising in customer experience, data-driven marketing strategy, content production and social media. A deep understanding of consumer behaviour, data analytics & marketing technology with over 20 years of managing people, projects, budgets, to business objectives.