Failure does not prevent success. Instead, it is best understood as preparation for success.
You are not a failure.
You might have failed at something. We all have.
You might have failed again and again. We all endure those seasons.
You might have failed at a level where it cost you something personally and professionally. I’ve been there.
BUT EXPERIENCING FAILURE DOESN'T MEAN YOU ARE A FAILURE. AND NO FAILURE IS EVER FATAL.
No one wakes up one day and commits to failing. In fact, the people who fail the most are the ones who are trying to do something new, different, and innovative. They are trying to push the boundaries of what’s possible and achieve something that hasn’t been done before.
When you are doing that kind of work, you should expect to fail. The truth is, you'll fail more than you succeed. But when you succeed, it will be significant.
LET ME SHARE WITH YOU WHAT I DO WHEN I EXPERIENCE FAILURE.
I remind myself why I tried in the first place. There was a reason you attempted something big in the first place. Don’t lose your connection with that.
I reflect on the critical decisions I made along the way. Don’t judge yourself. Just recount what happened.
I evaluate what I might have done differently now that I have more information. This is key to learning from failure. And any failure you don’t learn from is just wasted effort.
I determine whether or not I should try again. Sometimes it's not worth it, and sometimes it is. Having victory in defeat is possible. You have to determine if the payoff is higher than what you'll pay to play again.
I share what I learned and experienced with a mentor to make sure I see the big picture. Having someone not emotionally attached to my situation ensures I see things objectively and thoroughly. This helps me avoid my blind spots.
I refocus and begin again. There is always a new challenge and adventure waiting for you.
It’s not fun to fail. It hurts sometimes. It can be difficult. And it can come with a sense of guilt and shame. But no one ever accomplished something big without collecting a lot of bumps and bruises along the way. It’s part of the process.
Failure does not prevent success. Instead, it is best understood as preparation for success. So keep moving forward. You’re almost there!