One thing that is common to all of us is this: We all have failed at some point in our careers and/or business. Yes or No?
But what is not common to all of us is this: Some of us learn from those experiences whereas some of us don’t get it and keep making the same mistakes over and over again until, yes, until we learn from those mistakes. We fail only when we don’t learn from our experiences. It is important to learn from our experiences and not commit those mistakes again. And we should never stop trying and should dare to make “new mistakes” [read “new lessons”]. Life provides a canvas for us to draw anything we like.
Lessons to be learnt from our failures:
What went wrong?
What can I change, the next time I am faced with a similar situation.
It is the effort that is important and not the outcome.
I am happy that I tried and learnt yet another thing that will not work.
Situation demands the best from me and I am capable of giving my best. Even if it is a cliche, I will repeat it: The best is yet to come.
My homework needs improvement.
My tools need sharpening.
I need to believe even more in myself.
I need even more dedication.
I need to work smarter and harder.
I should build on my personal brand.
I need to do what others have never tried ever and thereby set a new trend.
Fear of failure: Most of us are afraid of Failures. It is because of this fear, we seldom start.
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain
We don’t like failures. But what we fail [no pun, no intention here] to understand is that without failing we will not be able to succeed. So, start accepting and embracing failures.
And without failing we will not evolve to become better individuals than what we are today. Failure is utmost essential for our growth. So, don’t be afraid to FAIL.
If we are not failing at all, it means we are not trying anything new. And that means we have stopped innovating. This can only lead to negative growth and winding up soon. Throw your fear to the ground, get up and start pumping iron and run.
Learn from others. The high achievers learn from others as much as they dare to try new things.
We like to be within our comfort zone. And we don’t like changes. But success lies outside our comfort zone. Always.
Teach yourself new skills. Not necessarily in your trade or profession. It can be anything from swimming to karathe to table tennis to golf to computer programming to learning a foreign language.
Success does not teach us anything. Early success only makes one arrogant, complacent and capable of permanently failing. “Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” – Bill Gates
Do things you have never done before. High achievers don’t aim for incremental improvements. Instead they go in a different direction and build new solutions. That are a complete paradigm shift.
Make “ACTION” your mantra. Right or wrong, take action. Inaction is worse than failure.