Do you embrace failure? How long does it take you to recover mentally when you have failed? Does it consume you for days, maybe even weeks or months; or can you bounce back fairly quickly? It’s interesting to see that highly successful people bounce back quickly after experiencing a professional failure.
Mistakes are unavoidable and generally I find that when I try to avoid them, I make even more mistakes! I’ve always lived my life enjoying the journey and experiences that come with it. Everyone goes through “bitter sweet” moments but unfortunately a lot of people only get to experience the “bitter” and miss the sweetness. We’ve all gone through situations that leave a bad taste in our mouth, this could be tough feedback, getting fired, getting dumped, making a bad choice…sometimes it’s so bad it stings. The most exciting times after experiencing this bitter treat, is the aftermath of reflection; this is the time where you assume responsibility for your part in the matter or reflected on what you could have done differently to avoid the situation at all. Now comes the Sweetness…this learning that you get is better then anything else; it comes from personal experience and it gives you so much information about yourself (if you chose to take it). I love these moments and encourage anyone I mentor to embrace the tough times for they give you the best learnings!
Just remember, life has a way of testing you again and again if you haven’t learned your lesson yet. The test can show up in so many new forms and when you finally get it, you will recognize that your pattern has been broken. Self-reflection is the key to success…when you avoid this process, you avoid taking any type of responsibility and lose the sweetness that comes with the learning.
I love this quote: “Every problem you have in your life right now is your responsibility, regardless of who initially caused it.”
~Marc and Angel
Here’s a great article by Entrepreneur magazine on “Embracing Failure on the Path to Success”