Failure and how you approach it can lead to more failure or tremendous success. Are you afraid of failure and as such, rarely risk attempting anything new? Are you a remedial failure – you fail a few times before you learn something from your experience? Are you a habitual failure that fails every time you attempt to do something new? Or do you embrace failure and look for the learning experience each time you do not succeed?
Analyze the last time you failed. How did it make you feel? Did you feel upset and distraught? Did the experience leave you feeling puzzled and curious? Did the experience make you analyze why you failed and how you could have improved to prevent the same result again? Or did you have an ah ha moment resulting in you knowing exactly what happened and why? It is critically important to know what happened that lead to your failure and why. If you tweaked your presentation, asked more questions, spoke with the decision maker, or reworked your numbers would you have won? Ask for feedback from the client, your peers or mentors to determine how you could improve to gain more achievement.
People who have experienced tremendous failures understand and recognize the importance of what happened so they can grow from the experience and build toward success. Keep an open mind when you fail – be optimistic that you will find a better way to accomplish your task – learn from you mistake and move on to finding an alternative solution. Also, build upon the experience of other successful people to learn how they adapted to failure:
Henry Ford Failure Quote:
"Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, only this time more wisely."
~ Henry Ford
Thomas Alva Edison Failure Quotation:
"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
~ Thomas Alva Edison
Benjamin Disraeli Failure/Success Quote:
"All my successes have been built on my failures."
~ Benjamin Disraeli
Sir Winston Churchill Quote on Failures:
"Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm."
~ Sir Winston Churchill
Thomas H. Palmer Quote on Failure:
"IF AT FIRST YOU DON'T SUCCEED, TRY, TRY AGAIN. Don't give up too easily; persistence pays off in the end.” ~Thomas H. Palmer
In addition to this, you must try. Don’t sit back and wait for something to happen. Take action, massive action towards your goals and then remember it is imperative that you keep positive, be persistent, move on and concentrate on your next task and don’t lose your enthusiasm to get the results you are looking for out of your efforts. Get it? Got it? Good!
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One thought on “How do you approach failure?”
Think Abe Lincoln and Donald Trump. My dad used to say that people that have never failed are people that have never tried. I’ve learned that wisdom is earned through failures and ultimately to success. Thanks Scott, another good one…book, please?