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Published on 07/08/2013
Someone asked me yesterday, whilst I was running a workshop with a group of start-ups, how to best deal with ‘failure’ on your journey to success in business.
I started to think about the best way to answer this difficult and thought provoking question, without ignoring the fact that failure is generally unaccepted in society, and certainly very challenging to deal with when it happens. Nobody wants to admit failure in fear of ridicule, embarrassment, or simply because you made a mistake or bad decision.
My immediate reaction was to share a personal experience where I encountered failure last week with an important client. After having a great working relationship with this person for nearly 4 years, I was informed that my services were no longer required.
During the first 24 hours, I felt immense sadness, discomfort, and concern that I had let her down. After further reflection, I just accepted that the circumstances had changed, and I simply needed to move on with new work and re-focus elsewhere. After a week or so, I started to look forward to new opportunities and building a new long term relationship elsewhere.
What this experience has again taught me is the importance of moving on and not having regrets, or feeling that I ‘failed’. The key is to get back on your feet quickly, and re-focus on the long term goals, aspirations, and key objectives. Most often, difficult experiences in life will teach you new and good things. The key is to see this in a positive light, rather than beating yourself down with negativity and bad feelings.
“We learn the most about ourselves when we fail, so don’t be afraid of failing. Failure is part of the process of success.” (quote by Robert Kiyosaki)
(Article written by Federico Re - Creative Entrepreneur)
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