Failure is often the best teacher in life. Painful at times? Absolutely, because no one likes to fail. We have the desire to succeed, but an occasional failure helps us to learn new things along the way.
Failing at something teaches a lesson and helps you to change, grow and ultimately succeed. The things we are working toward are not always easy but as the old saying goes, “practice makes perfect.” Success takes time, and there is often a learning curve.
The business environment is ever changing, and an occasional failure is bound to happen. Consider these steps to turn a failure into success:
- Seek advice from others.
Ask your trusted family members, friends and coworkers to give you feedback on your failure. They will give you a different angle and perspective to consider. If you want to succeed, you need to be willing to hear the truth from others.
What they share may make a huge difference in how you handle your business and clients going forward. We don’t always see our situation as clearly as others.
- Switch your course of action.
After you listen to the feedback of others, be willing to adjust your habits, style, and course of action. In other words, get yourself on track with a new plan to ensure success.
Albert Einstein once said that “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” Don’t let that be your story; rather, remember that change is helpful and essential for success.
- Change is good.
If at first, you don’t succeed, try and try again. Change is a good thing. Once you see that it’s necessary, act quickly to bring about the success you hope for. We can learn a lot from failure. (Changing just to change is not recommended. Change when necessary)
The goal is to grow and be different because of what we’ve experienced. Don’t wallow in pity, self-doubt or the failure. Remember that change is progress.
Business has a variety of facets that keep everyone on their toes. Even though failure is inevitable from time to time, we can learn from those mishaps and grow in the process.
Success is usually not immediate. I encourage you to value each “mishap” on your journey because they are learning opportunities that will help you succeed over time.
~ Written for us by our associate Gary Sorrell, Sorrell Associates, LLC. Copyright protected. All rights reserved