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Five lessons you learn from failing

Failure is part and parcel of life, especially in business. It can leave many of us feeling disheartened and tempted to throw in the towel but, we’re here to tell you that failure is ok. It can often become beneficial to both your business and professional development. So, put the pity party away and get reading to see exactly what you can learn from what you perceive as failing.


It’s only a mistake if you make it more than once. Taking time to reflect on where you went wrong can help prevent you from making the same mistake in the future. Whether you’re just starting out, or a long timer in the business world, mistakes will happen. However, if you’re aware of how they came about, you can work to stop them from happening again. Therefore, you should learn to take some time out to sit down and look at exactly what went wrong and how you can stop it from happening again on future projects.


The more often we fail, the more we become resilient to it. The most successful business leaders know that failure will inevitability happen, but don’t let it hinder them, rather inspire them to continue to try. In order to become truly successful, we must learn to be resilient as it helps us to understand that progress will take time while watching out for bumps in the road and coming back stronger if we do get knocked down.


Put simply, with failure comes growth. Without these failures, you would be perpetually stuck in the same place. If the fear of failure stops you from trying something new, you will never grow. This is because when you fail you inadvertently grow as you learn from the failure. You know not to take the similar steps and then try something new.


When you first fail at something you open your eyes to the things that are working well. This helps you to understand the value in what is working, which is what should have your main attention rather than dwelling on what hasn’t worked. You also learn to value the people in your life that pick you back up and help you to grow following what has happened.


Failure can deflate the ego, leaving many feeling vulnerable and embarrassed. Rather than letting these emotions take centre stage, leaving you lacking the motivation to get up and try again, you should use them to help you become more compassionate to others in future. Many successful professionals are only successful due to their compassion for others; people flock to those they feel they can relate to and know understand.

Rather than seeing failure as a sign of defeat and throwing in the towel, take a step back and start thinking of a new plan.