You didn't get the job. You didn't meet your quarterly goal. Something unexpected prevented you from completing a big project. If ONLY that one road block hadn't occurred, you would have succeeded. No one likes to fail. Yet, failure is a part of life.
Thomas Edison, never lived in fear of failure. In his development of the incandescent light bulb, Edison remarked “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work”.
So, how can you make failure work for you, rather than drag you down?
1) "Don’t be discouraged, and don’t give up."
Projects constantly go through cycles of continuous improvement. Persistence in the face of failure leads to success. Every failure is a step towards success.
2) When new obstacles arise, look for a chance to grow.
When new obstacles arise, they shouldn’t be labeled as failures – instead, consider that they are opportunities for growth. Facing problems makes us better, stronger, and smarter.
3) Embrace Failure
Effective problem solvers embrace failure. Failure inspires them to work past obstacles and adapt to become better. So you didn't get the raise? What can we learn from this experience to get it next quarter? Let failure inspire you to solve problems and succeed.
4) Be Persistent
Failure is vital. “Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up”, stated Edison. Being persistent is embracing failure to find prosperity. By looking to actively improve on failures, you can work more efficiently, and tackle greater challenges.
Let’s conquer those challenges together.
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