Learn From Your Failures
In a society driven by success, the word failure inspires fear and creates a negative undercurrent of emotion within us.
Of course, failure doesn’t feel good. But you can look at it another way. If you fail you learn from it.
All success stories have a trail of mistakes behind them. Everyone has failures in his life.
But the difference is how they overcome them. In fact, earning from your failures is the key to overcome your obstacles and becoming successful.
The matter of perspective
First, failure is a matter of perspective.
A lot of people experienced multiple failures before they became successful.
Among them for instance there is Abraham Lincoln as well as Jack Ma.
These two histories are enough to demonstrate how failing can be a driving force toward success.
In fact, many of the important life lessons are learned through these types of setbacks.
A negative perspective of failure will be a hindrance to your success while a positive perspective will act as a stepping stone to your success.
Therefore, viewing failures as ‘positive’ will allow you to move on and be a better person.
“My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.” – Abraham Lincoln
“If you don’t give up, you still have a chance. Giving up is the greatest failure.” – Jack Ma.
Failures are a powerful learning tool
There is a lesson to be learned from everything, including failing.
The truth is that failure teaches us more about ourselves and builds character better than success ever could.
You’ll need perseverance, it takes guts and determination to keep driving forward.
“If you never failed, you never lived”
To learn from your failures you need to reflect on them. In many cases, something could have been done differently.
If you failed why did you fail? And if you succeed why did you succeed?
First, you should focus on responding to these questions:
- What were your strengths?
- What were your weaknesses?
- What do you have to learn?
- What do you have to achieve?
- How you could do it differently?
After this reflection phase, you can move forward and ask yourself “What now”?
Failure has a bunch of benefits.
- You learn who to trust.
- It fosters creativity sometimes to overcome obstacles you’ll need to use creativity.
- You’ll learn to do better next time. If you’ve made a mistake once you should try again.
Trying once doesn’t mean you’ll never achieve the success you’re striving for.
By learning from your failures you can adapt your strategy for future success.
Furthermore, it encourages exploration.
When you know what you want and that you can fail you can allow yourself to explore and don’t let anything stopping you.
Remember that you are going to die is a good way to stop thinking that you have something to lose.
Mistakes and failures are often our best teachers.
Deposit them into your learning bank and learn from each of them.
These deposits will allow you to make withdrawals throughout your life, as well as during the life of the project.
One final thing to know is that failure is acceptable.
Accepting failure can be difficult to truly embrace. In the midst of experiencing failure, it is never a good feeling.
In fact, this feeling can be downright destructive.
But just remember that failure is acceptable, contrary to lack of effort.
“You only fail when you stop trying”