The only person who has never failed, is the person who has never done anything at all.
It’s a fact of life – you will fail and possibly fail many times throughout your life. From relationships to your career, no one aspect will be infallible.
Failure, however, doesn’t need to be a burden and with the right attitude can actually be a blessing, allowing for learning and resilience.
Granted, it can be disheartening to fail and true strength lies in the decision to keep going and do even better.
Leaders constantly make mistakes and what separates a good leader from a great leader is their ability to handle those mistakes. Those who do not let failure ruin them will gain the respect of their colleagues and set an excellent example for others.
The ability to bounce back from failure shows that you are not a quitter. Many people can relate to the feeling of failure, it is a humanising experience that might actually make you more likeable with your peers.
So how should you treat failure? As a learning experience and time for reflection of course!
- Where did I come unstuck and what can I do differently next time?
- What lessons can I take from this?
- What actions will I put in place to avoid this same failure occurring in the future?
- What did I do well that I could celebrate?
If you are finding it hard to deal with failure, remember that everyone has failed at some point and it’s how you react to the situation that counts. Below are three great quotes that might inspire you next time you feel like you’ve made a mistake and you can see that it is just a pebble on the road to success.
If you have any quotes or tips you use to deal with failure and how it turned into a life lesson and an ultimate success I’d love to read them! Share them with me on Facebook.
The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually be afraid you will make one.
– Elbert Hubbard
There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.
– David Delda
Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavour.
– Truman Capote