Failure may be a part of life, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt. When you work hard, put your all into something and it doesn’t work out; that can be heartbreaking. From a misstep to a failure, it’s important to learn from each outcome.
As I state in my book, Exuberant Women Don’t Age:
Failure is only a temporary shift in direction.
Failure is the honest assurance that you are a
success for trying and for taking chances.
As you learn through your day-to-day experience,
your failures turn into success.
Like I said, you have to learn from failure to find success. What can you learn from failure? Keep reading to find out.
Learning from Failure
- Learn Knowledge
When you fail, look back and see why it didn’t work out as you wanted. As Wanderlust Worker notes, “Failure brings with it important firsthand knowledge. That knowledge can be harnessed in the future to overcome that very failure that inflicted so much pain in the first place. Nothing can replace the knowledge gained from failure.”
Each time you fail, make sure you learn how to fix one thing going forward.
- Gain Experience
When you fail at something new or something you’ve done before, you can learn to get better. Say you don’t get a job after a big interview; each interview after that can only make you stronger. How does Wanderlust Worker describe experience? They say, “It completely alters our frame-of-mind through the induction of pain. It makes us reflect on the real nature of things and their importance in our lives, transforming and improving our future-selves.”
- Develop Resilience
Resilience may be one of the most important traits you can learn from failure. Getting up each and every time you’re knocked down not only proves to the world you can’t be stopped, you also prove it to yourself. What do you gain from resilience? “Resilience helps to breed success by setting the game up to win. Gone are the lofty expectations that thing will happen overnight, and in comes the expectation that true success will take an enormous amount of work and effort,” as noted in Wanderlust Worker.
Whether you’re trying to build a career, family or simply live your best life, expect setbacks, but make sure you learn from them. Everyone has to go through hard times, but they can lead you to the life you want.