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The Opportunity of Failure

Failure is innate to any success and while this is a logical comparison, who do you know that wants to fail? To be told that you’ve failed within the business culture we live in is something akin to a punch into the gut, yet failure is a must. To learn, to grow, to even change we must try new and different things. Change always comes with bumps and bruises, it’s the one constant in this life.

I remember being a child no more than 12 years old in a band class with my oversized clarinet practicing with the rest of the class. Our music teacher would periodically stop us and say, who made that mistake? There were various mistakes from all over the class, but he was well aware of what section and what instrument was off. Needless to say there was a moment where I messed up and looked at him with eyes of, “please don’t make me admit to my shortcomings, I don’t want to be the one that messed everything up.” In that moment he looked at me and said, “There’s no shame in making mistakes, it’s how we learn.” It’s a thought and practice that I’ve slowly come to learn throughout my life. How do we refocus the effect of a mistake?

  1. It’s a crucial step to grow and begin in any aspect of your Business, by learning what works and what doesn’t.
  2. Mistakes offer lessons, ideas, and better practices for later on in our lives or careers.
  3. Failure is an opportunity to learn, think of how many entrepreneurs succeed after massive career debilitating failures. They took what they learned and reapplied it!

The next time you fail, it’s okay ask yourself what did you learn and what can you do better tomorrow

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