Failure for success

Career Missteps – Failure for Success

September 28, 2020 12:20 pm Published by

Career Missteps – Failure for Success: The American innovator Thomas Edison once said:

“I have not failed 10,000 times—I’ve successfully found 10,000 ways that will not work.”

The shame and anxiety that goes with messing up are difficult to face. For me, working for the police was a career misstep and led to some turbulent times in my life. I hated it! But I wouldn’t be where I am today without that experience.

So how can you resist the urge to pretend mistakes never happen and instead see them as a positive way to grow? Well, you need to reframe your failures like Thomas Edison. Here are 5 ways to do that:

  1. Hunt for the lesson and opportunity in the mistake.
  2. Be kind. Don’t obsess over laying blame.
  3. You’re not defined by your failures. Yes, you should own mistakes, but own your triumphs too.
  4. The opposite of success isn’t failure, it’s fear of failure.
  5. You tried. An imperfect outcome is often better than doing nothing at all.

It’s human nature to avoid failure at all costs, but in business it helps to see failure as a tool for success.

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