Looking at some successful people, it can be amazing to think that they could ever have stumbled. But they would have done, especially likely because a person’s failure can actually feed a lot into their subsequent success. In fact, many successful people can have a notable record of setbacks from before they began to truly excel. So, how can you learn from such people and use your own disappointments to make sparkling progress?
A history of failure can mean a future of success
History shows many examples of how it’s possible to bounce back from failure and become more successful than ever before. Bill Gates dropped out of the prestigious university Harvard and struggled with his first business, Traf-O-Data, before turning things around with Microsoft. Albert Einstein’s teachers and parents thought him mentally handicapped during his childhood. Those are just two examples outlined by Lolly Daskal, the President of Lead From Within, on Inc.’s website.
Strictly speaking, what’s vital isn’t how often you fail; it is how you react when you fail. You can learn a lot about yourself when you fail, not least because it can present you with the ideal opportunity to investigate why things went wrong. Upon looking closer at what you have been doing, you might be able to discern whether you simply didn’t have a sufficient base of information or training – and if, indeed, you didn’t, you could then act to address that problem.
Setbacks could help you cultivate an innovative spirit
Another good reason not to fear failure is that it can help you to innovate. Perhaps it isn’t coincidental that a tech entrepreneur often associated with innovation, Steve Jobs, suffered the humiliation of getting stripped of his managerial duties at Apple in 1985, four months before he decided to resign entirely from the company. As Gizmodo recalls, Jobs returned to Apple in the late 1990s, became its new CEO and… well, the rest is history that you could easily read on your iPhone.
Giving yourself permission to fail lets you try new things and move in fresh directions. Not all of those moves could lead to success, but that’s not the point. The point is that, with every blunder, you can come closer to devising something original.
Have you failed? Then take action
I hope that, if you have been feeling depressed about having recently experienced failure or even built up a lengthy list of failures, you now feel reassured as a result of reading this article. You have to remember that failure isn’t final; it’s just a delay rather than a defeat, a detour instead of a dead end. It can present you with just the right moment to shift your strategy for the better.
One way in which you could move forward is by making use of my life coaching services. Whether your setback has been putting on too much weight, losing a lot of money, going through emotional turmoil or any of many other things, I would be delighted to help you to effectively recover.