Has anyone NOT experienced failure? It would be one uneventful life if you have not had the blessings of failure. Where would we get those great moments to laugh or cry over if there were no failures in our life? Where would our character development be found? Of course, it is NOT pleasant when we are going through those moments where our failures can range from minor to epic. It is unfortunately the way we learn and grown.
We learn not to make the same mistakes again. We learn to try a new approach to solving a problem. We learn that we are not define by the mistake or failure. We learn that we are stronger and tougher than we thought before the failure and after the recovery. We learn that one step away from fail is success. There are many benefits of experiencing failure as part of growing and maturing if you can get up and learn from the failure. There are however people who fail and fail to recover. What differentiates those to who experience failure and comes out stronger vs. those who come out worse off?
I think that are 5 characteristics of people who fail and come out worse off and they are:
- Not having a goal in life. Sounds counterintuitive in a way as if you have goals and not meet them, then wouldn’t that we consider a fail? Yes, if the goal in life was purely just achieving goals. No, as life is not about maturing in character as we move towards achieving our goals. Not having a goal is a sure way to fail as there is nothing that one is striving towards. How can one be successful if you don’t know where you are going? Set goals for yourself. To help you with goals, check out my previous blog here.
- You are not teachable. You are not willing to learn and you are not willing to receive feedback. You are inflexible and unwilling to accept help. Having a teachable attitude will help you to learn from mistakes and ensure that you do not make the same mistake. We are never too brilliant to not be able to learn more.
- A negative mindset. It is critical that we define failure in the right context. Failure is not definite and not permanent. Having a negative mindset will only hurt in the learning process as the perception is far worse than reality. A negative mindset creates a perception that the failure is worse than it is and without hope that it will get better. Hope is a critical ingredient is ensuring that we get back up again. Change the perception of what failure is and change your mindset to see the silver lining behind it.
- No commitment. No or lack of commitment to see your goals through will result in giving up too early. People who are successful are commitment to their vision and will persevere through enormous obstacles to see your goals come to fruition. Commitment is fundamental in ensuring that we stay the course and learn from failure, improvise and continue moving forward.
- Waiting for perfection. Waiting for the perfect time, the perfect idea, the perfect opportunity and so on. There is no perfection. It is pointless to wait for perfection as it does not exist. Waiting does not get you anywhere. Waiting for perfection certainly will not get you anywhere. The only way to know if your idea will work is to just do it. Plan for it and then act on it. Learn and improve and continue to just do it.
Don’t be afraid to fail as that is how we learn and mature. Don’t allow failure to stop you from failing. Take the risk of failing and have the right mindset and attitude of:
- Failure is a temporary setback in achieving your goals.
- Every mistake or failure is an opportunity to learn from and be better.
- Every negative situation and thought as a positive upside.
- You will develop muscles in perseverance, commitment, discipline and focus.
- Keep straining forward is the only way to move forward and not backwards or stagnant. Don’t let the setback make you negative or bitter. Use it to keep you stronger.
Don’t allow your failures to stop you and prevent you from living life to the fullest. Don’t let it stop you from taking risk in a business opportunity or as you move up the career ladder.
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