Anyone who knows me well also knows that I love technology. I spend all day working on technology-based projects at Devika; I am lucky to have a job where I can do what I love. Luckily, I have had the good fortune of working in industries which I am truly passionate about.
This includes a long stint at my family owned company, Speedmaster, working in the auto parts industry. This was great because spoiler alert; I love cars. I especially love the adrenaline which is paired with speed (achieved through proper training, ensuring that it is controlled). This passion led me to purchase a Radical SR3. In doing so, I pushed my boundaries and driving skills to the limit. Additionally, I tested myself against some of the best drivers in Australia. Racing is not only a buzz, but it has taught me an insightful life lesson; to not be afraid of failure, but appreciate learning from mistakes.
Check out the video below where my small mistake had critical consequences:
To unpack the mistake in the video, I began on track to achieve the lap record... But I made a small mistake and slid sideways. This cost me the fastest lap at Eastern Creek Raceway for a Radical.
Radical’s encouragement of knowledge sharing provided me with the initial opportunity to get within reach of the record. This is as Radical allows drivers to share data which increases the driver development curve, provides unique coaching and mentoring programs to master an array of skills. Additionally, Radical’s long-term coaching programs use a combination of data and world-class coaching to help participants achieve optimal results.
Their approach to knowledge sharing has taught me, both in my personal and professional life, the importance of sharing insights. Sharing experiences has enabled myself and others to learn and grow from personal success and failure. In doing so, this creates an ecosystem which fosters growth, innovation and is build on a strong foundation. Steps to achieve this include asking for advice and assessing what led to success. Most importantly, it includes acknowledging failure and being willing to learn from mistakes.
Learning from Mistakes
It’s natural for us to be afraid of failure. It is an important aspect of life, despite the negative emotions which often surround these experiences. I will admit that driving at speeds over 160 kilometres/hour, with many other professionals around me, was intimidating. Additionally, Radical made it extremely easy for me to assess my shortcomings. This is because decisions and consequences occurred in split seconds.
Despite my anticipation, I was not afraid to get on the track and have a go. If I was determined to avoid failure, I never would have participated in Radical. I would have stayed on the sidelines, not taking any risks...But what was the point in that? I made the choice to race and didn’t win, but I got pretty close. And for a first attempt, that was a pretty good start.
While this is a seemingly trivial example, I recognise the difficulty in high stake decision making. I have experienced many of these decisions in the business sector, a particularly evident example is the launch of my own company, Devika. I know how easy it is to look at others and point out areas of success or failure. However, I believe that the most valuable information comes from internal reflection. It takes honesty to admit and accept personal shortcomings but is essential in order to improve.
I challenge myself to learn from mistakes, both in my personal and professional life. This is why I still race at the Radical and every time I do, I edge closer to the lap record.
Awesome first round of the Radical Cup!! and an honour to meet Australian motorsport's finest — with Mark Webber, Casey Stoner and Jamie Whincup.