Today’s post is by Susanna Quirke of Inspiring Interns.
It’s a common business cliché: every failure is another route to success. But how to confront that fiasco in the moment?
According to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, 71% of businesses don’t survive their first ten years. For every start-up that folds, another entrepreneur is left fingering the dying ashes of their dreams. Furthermore, what about the everyman? When you’ve just missed your targets, or forfeited that promotion, it can be hard to look on the bright side. The demon of workplace failure is a ruthless one. For many people, it can be the end – of self-respect, if not their actual career.
Here are three reasons why you should look failure in the face and laugh.
Failure is Inevitable
“He that makes war without many mistakes has not made war very long.”
So, supposedly, said Napoleon Bonaparte. This great leader understood that the key to victory was not in a lack of defeat, but an ability to move past those suffered. And, at one point, he had the whole of Europe to show for it.
Failure in life is inevitable, as is loss in war. And, just as in war, a lost battle need not spell the end. To be a success in life, you must understand that failure is unavoidable – and, thus, something you must learn to accept.
Shalini Vadhera, a wildly successful American beauty entrepreneur, who got booted out of her own $21 million beauty brand, warns against associating oneself too closely with one’s career. That way, if things go south, you can have the presence of mind to keep things in perspective. This is not an end. In fact, if you play things right, it could represent a beginning – of a new chapter, a new direction. If you discovered a tree lying across your path, you wouldn’t give up on your journey, would you? You’d find a way around.
So don’t give up at the first sign of disaster. Often, it’s just your first test.
Failure Teaches You Things