May 262018
 

By Martin

Strategies for Learning from Failure

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO FAIL?

Failure: 1) Lack of success or 2) the neglect or omission of expected or required action

This article will mostly focus on failures in the primary meaning of the word and the ways in which one can learn from failures, hence, profit from the lack of success.

Success and failure go hand in hand and this applies to all aspects of life.

Ask any successful person and they will surely tell you that their failures in fact proved to be a big part of their success and how they got there.

One cannot know everything immediately, things need to be learned and learning involves making mistakes.

And let's say you already mastered the theory, practice still makes perfect. You can hardly reach great successes, be it in sports, arts or science, without any practice.

Once again, practicing and doing almost always involves making mistakes. Many mistakes!

Finally, remarkable success cannot be achieved by doing what everybody else is doing, you need to play innovative. Look at Steve Jobs or Bill Gates.

They both dropped out of college to then engage in extremely innovative projects and achieve gigantic success. They did something completely revolutionary and did not allow fear of failure or actual failures, stop them on their paths.

Being innovative means experimenting which ultimately, almost inevitably, includes mistakes and, hence, failures.

So why is it that people fear and despise failures so much?

Why do we have such troubles accepting the fact we failed, move on, learn from that experience and try again?

WHY ARE FAILURES SO DIFFICULT TO DEAL WITH?

Well, my first (very basic) answer to this question is that failure does not feel good.

To fail means not to succeed, hence, it means to miss out on the feeling of success, victory, pride and self-worth.

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