I’ve been playing this game on Facebook (yes, I am addicted) called Candy Crush amongst others and I’ve learned a great lesson on failure. i had this difficult level that I could not pass and it took me weeks(!) of intense trial and error before I could pass. After that level was done, I started striving. Take a look:
Society, especially the school system teaches us that failing is a bad thing. Here is the real deal though: failing and re-trying is the very process we learn through and learn from. Trying something and not succeeding for the first time is natural.
Imagine what would it be like to be born and know to speak, walk and behave as an adult…It would be weird. No one is born with knowledge. We all acquire knowledge as we try new things in our life and that includes a lot of trial and error.
So instead of looking at less successful ventures as failures, try to shift your perspective. Try to look at how does this serve you and your plans for the future. Naturally when we do not succeed, then we feel low and do not see if there is any potential benefit in the happening for us.
But there is always a benefit. There is always something that you need to learn from this experience. If you can see the opportunity for learning, conclude and learn what you have to and try again with the knowledge that you’ve just gained.
Iterate! More often than not you need to tweak, adjust and pivot in order to get to the desired outcome. You tried from a perspective and did not work the way you wanted to. So all you need to do is adjust with every single try and discover new, different angles to the same thing until you get it right.
Life and business is not rocket science by trying new things every single time is the way to gain new perspectives and evolve both as a person and a professional. Thomas Edison had this famous saying: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
So just keep going and realize that just by having not so successful projects or business attempts it does not mean that you are a failure. If you shift your perspective and look at yourself as a scientist or researcher then failing is impossible.
Why? Because if you are exploring new things as an entrepreneur then all you receive is feedback. Feedback can come at us only in a constructive manner. So your results are nothing else just feedback and that is exactly how you can turn the page on something that felt bad before to something that feels good and inspiring.
I hope you found this post helpful, let me know how it has impacted you and share it with your family and friends!