Don’t Fear the Failure

For some people, failure is the worst thing in the world. It’s a feeling worse than death for others. And for others still, it’s wonderful! Failure means something different to us all. Most people look at failure as the end of the world, but those with the potential to be movers and shakers see failure as the incredible learning opportunity that it is.

Fear of failure comes from someplace different for everyone as well. It could be from a childhood mistake that has since manifested into adulthood. It could also be a result from personal relationships. Whatever the underlying cause, there are a few things to look out for to tell if you’re afraid of failure.

Self-sabotage is a major marker for fear of failure. The person might tend to procrastinate more than most people, have anxiety attacks, and otherwise shoot themselves in the foot. They might stop dressing or acting professionally, or perform poorly at work.

Others exhibit a reluctance to change or embrace different ways of doing things. They worry they won’t be able to keep up with the change and instead revert to old systems that might be outdated and will inevitably lead to self-sabotage once they can’t perform work tasks adequately.

A person who is afraid of failure is also a hyper-critical perfectionist with low self-esteem. They obsess over minute details and over react when they make mistakes. They lecture themselves for falling below par and not being “good enough.” This kind of self-abuse is very serious and could indicate a more serious issue like depression.

But all is not lost! Overcoming a fear of failure starts at the source. The person has to simply have in their arsenal a sort of hypothetical preparedness kit. The kit should include:

1. Options. If failure happens, they should have options for the next step to take to overcome the failed attempt and analyze the possible outcome for each option so they can adapt more quickly next time.

2. Positive thought. They need to be more forgiving and remind themselves that they will do better “next time” and that it’s okay to  not be perfect.

3. Reminders: it could have been worse. So you didn’t succeed this time. What is Plan B? How will you do better?

Just look at some of these famous failures and how they adapted to succeed after trying again!

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We’re expanding! AGAIN!!

 

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Fast Trak is happy to announce the opening of a third location in Tysons Corner! Due to top notch performance from our employees, we have been able to triple the size of our business this year!!  We plan to continue shattering new records every month and expanding until Fast Trak is a household name! Come check us out at our new location on November 2nd!!

1880 Howard Ave. Suite 201

Vienna, VA 22182

 

 

The Next Step!

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One of the top leaders here in our office, Craig Johnson, recently excelled in performing all qualifications needed to get promoted to Assistant Manager. During these past couple of weeks, Craig’s performance was everything but unnoticed. Fast Trak would like to congratulate Craig on all the hard work he has done and we are excited to see him excel in future accomplishments. Craig would like thank all the Fast Trak employees for his accomplishments!!

 

 

“No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings.”

~ William Blake

Celebrating the life of Will Hicks!

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ALEXANDRIA, VA – Will Hicks, a pioneer of fiber optics, passed on Saturday February 14, 2015 at the age of 91. Hicks was recruited by the CIA to develop fiber optic bundles. The fiber optics were originally meant to encode images for spies and have since become popular in the telecommunications industry. The CIA project failed, but Hicks continued his work and in 1959 he helped with the creation of advanced fiber communication systems. After a brief respite from his work, Hicks came back in the 1970′s and started his own company to work on creating an all-optical network. He went on to sell his company to Polaroid in 1982. Hicks continued to work alongside Polaroid even after the sale of his company. Will Hicks was a creative mind with a passion for fiber optics.

 

RIP Will Hicks 1924-2015

 

Fast Trak in Dallas!

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Some of our top leaders were chosen to attend the Top Gun meeting in Dallas, TX. on February 6-8, 2015.  Top Gun is a quarterly conference that brings together the top leaders from across the country. We had the opportunity to network with some of the best people in our industry, listen to some incredible speakers, and now we’re ready to implement what we’ve learned. We have already put some new things in place and we are excited to continue growing and expanding!

 

Fiber Optics

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In the past few years the popularity of Fiber-optic communications networks have been expanding rapidly. Fiber-optics use smaller cables to transmit data faster and further. The conductor is made of glass so it is immune to many types of interferences that can cause signal loss. The fiber-optics are also easier to maintain, making the prices lower for the customer.

As more fiber-optics lines are being put down companies need to also get the word out about the services. That’s where we come in. Fast Trak Inc. handles the marketing and promotion of Fiber-optics. We create campaigns for customer acquisition and product awareness. By paying close attention to market conditions we are able to help our clients.

 

 

Fiber Optics vs. Copper Cable Info

  • Fiber Optics are made of Silica Glass surrounded by a “Vulcanized” Rubber jacket for durability. “Vulcanized” Rubber is what car tires are made of – it does not freeze and contracts and expands very little due to heat. (This is becoming a huge use for recycled tired, and what we use to coat fiber optics.)
  • Fiber Optics change information by shooting a laser through it Silica Glass. This makes them free of any electromagnetic interference.
  • Fiber Optics are buried 6 feet underground, as oppose to most copper cables which are only about 4 feet, and thus much more susceptible to expanding and contracting.
  • Some Fiber optics (about 10-15% ) are aerial cables, however they are much more durable, due to their “Vulcanized”  Rubber coating.
  • Most Copper Cables are coated with PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) which is the same plastic the pipes in your house are made out of. No problem for your pipes, because they are at room temperature. Copper Cables in the ground however, are not and this coating cracks and breaks very easily.
  • Other networks use Coaxial Copper Cables from your dish to your house coated in the same PVC. If you have ever the large spool of extra wire under your dish, it is for the expanding and contracting throughout the year. The only Coaxial Copper Cables Fiber Optics use are inside your house to your Set Top Boxes and not susceptible to the above problems due to it being inside..
  • No matter what the other networks tell you, their service doe go out in sever weather occasionally. Usually that is when consumers would need to see the news most. Also, if wind is strong enough to change the angle of your dish, it will not work and require service.
  • The network that previously held its contract for the Football Sunday Ticket, lost its contract due to a possible buyout from other networks.
  • Fiber Optics bundles all 3 (telephone, internet, and TV) all into one company. This greatly improves security and simplicity.
  • The only limitation to Fiber Optic internet speeds are what you choose to pay for. The network is set so everyone on a block could run a business out of their house if needed. If you decide you want even faster internet, simply call our network. They will come install a new router to get the speed you need, its that easy.

 Want to learn more? Check out LightWave for news and information about fiber optics!

 

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