“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison
Think about it! Long before Walt Disney built Disneyland, he was told he lacked creativity. Before Arianna Huffington launched Huffington Post, 36 publishers rejected her second book. Consider Bill Gates, whose first company was a disaster, with a product that barely worked.
Nobody wants to fail, but even the brightest and most successful people have faced this challenge at some point in their careers. Life is a constant seesaw. Most of us teeter between our achievements and our mistakes.
Some mistakes are greater than others. Have you ever made a mistake? Have you missed your sales target, blown a presentation, or lost an opportunity?
How does failure affect us? What is one career or life failure that has taught you something about yourself? – Failure happens – whether we want to admit it or not. But we can turn our failures into learning experiences that enable us to do better next time.
What about your job history? Did you ever accept a position that was a huge mistake – and you just knew that you were not in the right place at the right time? I certainly did – I did not vet the future employer; I did not do my homework. I did not realize that there were 5 people in my position in the previous 3 years and that the fact that I needed to fire my predecessor was a message not to be missed. Mistake – yes? Failure – no!
Take action and move on. How do you get things back on track? Deal with your mistake head on, and then advance to the next thing. Start your next project, look at new ventures or consider a new task at hand. Remember your hard-learned lessons as you keep moving forward, and you’ll emerge stronger and more resilient than before. Join the ranks of Huffington, Disney, and Gates…who overcame failure and achieved success!