We all fail and make mistakes...shhhhh don’t say that out loud! Are you crazy? If people think that we aren’t perfect, they’ll never work with us. Those are some pretty high standards to live by. I don’t know about you but I can’t do it. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve never had to hire Olivia Pope to fix a problem, but I’m far from perfect. The best lessons I’ve learned in my life have come from my mistakes. Truthfully, a lot of them happened in the infancy of my various business ventures. Those failures are a big part of what drives my passion to help other small businesses. The secret to failure is not allowing it to be a failure. It’s a learning experience. There are some fantastic quotes about failure. Here are a few of my favorites
“It is fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure” – Bill Gates
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work” – Thomas Edison
“Failure is the opportunity to begin again intelligently” – Henry Ford
Here are a couple of tips about failure that can help:
Ignoring mistakes or being Cleopatra Queen of Denial only perpetuates the problem and makes the situation worse. Why is it a natural inclination of so many to deny failure? Because we make it personal. A failure is just a failure, something that happens, it’s not who you are as a person so don’t make it personal. Separate the failure from who you are and isolate it as something that has occurred that can be analyzed.
Failure is as inevitable as taxes, death or Donald Trump having a bad hair day, so when it happens, figure out what went wrong. If you can be honest with yourself and understand why the failure occurred, what you could’ve done differently and how you can evolve into a better plan you can go from being reactive to a problem and become proactive with a solution.
If we’ve learned anything from Elsa it’s, “Let It Go”. Once you’ve analyzed what went wrong and you have a plan to correct it and move forward it’s become a thing of the past. Don’t dwell on it.
Having a healthy attitude towards failure is a critical element of every successful person I’ve ever worked with. More importantly, on the other side, every client I’ve seen go out of business has universally refused to acknowledge any failure and blame everyone around them for their lack of success. Boldly pushing your business forward, accepting your failures, not taking them personally, learning, adapting and moving on are an integral part of reaching your goals.