When it comes to failure, we often look at it as something negative or that we should be embarrassed by when in reality, there are a lot of great benefits to failure. If you’re not completely convinced, I understand because what we’ve been taught is to see failure as the worst thing that can happen. From that thinking, we may stop ourselves from applying for graduate school, start that business or try out for something we’d love to do.
What if we changed how we looked at failure? What if instead of focusing on the negative we look at the positives and see how our failure can benefit us the next time.
#1 Lessons are learned
Failure is full of lessons. When we fail at something we’re trying to do, instead of focusing on our failure, we should pay more attention to the lessons we can learn. Asking ourselves ‘what can I learn from this’ and ‘how can I do things differently’ are the valuable lessons we can use to be better the next time we attempt to do something.
#2 Discover a new direction
Sometimes when we fail at something, it could be to reveal a new direction or different path to take to reach our desired goal. It’s easy when we try to do something and fail, to think that we shouldn’t try again. When the reality is maybe the plan of action we had may not be the best direction to take.
#3 Learn resilience
Failure teaches us resilience. When we fail, we can choose to give up or to try again. When we fail at something, especially something we want, it gives us the drive and determination to reach our goal.
#4 Builds Character
When we fail at something we learn a lot about ourselves. Failure can show us how strong we are and it can also teaches us humility. We learn to move past our fears to try new things and to persevere even when it gets difficult. While failure can show us our strengths it can also reveal where we may need help too.
#5 Increases our Knowledge & Experience
When we fail at something, the lessons we learn from it stick with us. That knowledge and experience gives us the ability to approach what we’re doing in a different way and it also allows us to be able to extend that knowledge to others when it looks like they could be making the same mistake.
Let’s be real, failure isn’t fun, but its in failing that we learn so much more about ourselves. Plus it’s often the failure that leads us to our ultimate success. Think of all the stories that are shared about celebrities, authors and business owners who encounters failures before they reached acclaim in their fields. Imagine if after that first failure, they quit and didn’t use that failure as fuel to keep going and to finally succeed. Imagine the books, movies and products we would have missed out on. Let’s make the promise to ourselves that the next time we experience failure, that we focus on the positive benefits instead of looking at the negative.
What have you learned from a past failure? Let me know in the comments what you’ve learned from a failure or the benefit you discovered from failing.