Failure crushes. We fail at anything and everything. Personal failures… professional failures… major failures & minor failures.
Recently I was reminded of a failure in my past. A failure that I definitely played my part in, but still grappled with that sense of being dealt a bad hand. That yes, I took ownership of my failure, but boy was it also paired with some sheer bad luck. After the failure – even during the failing – I tried to use the experience as a learning opportunity. I’m still finding myself learning from it in small ways. And being on the other side, I can see how it’s been ultimately a good thing, even if it was painful to go through.
What can we learn from failure? What did I learn?
- Failure shows you (quite brutally) what you did wrong, where you can improve, and prompts one’s self to do the hard work of trying to change
- Failure causes you to realign what you previously thought or believed, it can break you or make you
- Failure isn’t the end, it can and often is, a new beginning
- Failure can inspire
- Failure can be good