Chapter 13: Learn from Failures
Failure can come to everyone in many different shapes and sizes. No matter what the failure is, you have to remember that you have a big picture goal for your life, and these small setbacks are a part of that journey. No one gets through this life without some setbacks; if we deal with our setbacks the correct way, we have the opportunity to turn the next opportunity into a success.
In order to turn those setbacks into winners the next time, we must take note and understand why we failed this time. Sometimes we fail because the other person is just better, or sometimes because we didn’t do what we needed to and other times it just isn’t in the cards for at that moment. You need to have an honest approach to why you failed to get the result. In my business, we have used the honest approach to make numerous pivots that have helped us create a better product for the students we are going to serve in the future. Things have changed so much for the better that I am thankful for those failures, as they helped me create a better company.
When dealing with failure the correct way, you will have to be honest with your assessment of you efforts. Also, remember that you are only one person, and you can’t do everything all by yourself, so cut yourself some slack. However, you are a very capable and valuable person. I know it is hard to believe that a person with all the success you desire ever went through any real rough patches, but if you had to live their starter years, you would see that they had to go through all the things that you are going through for their success. When it comes to failure, there are times when you will know why you achieved, or didn’t achieve, your goal and other times you will not know. That is just a part of life. There are times when I am working with my other company that I work hard with a school to make a connection and they say no. They rarely give any real reasons for why they said no, and if I knew the real reason I still probably wouldn’t be able to change their mind. Some failures you just chalk up to “that’s just life.” Work to take what you can learn from the experience and move on. You have a ton of work to do, and your time is being wasted wondering why a person didn’t. Remember, just like you have the right to pick and choose, so do they.
This is a part of a chapter from my book Learning Curve: How to Prepare For Success When You Don’t Know Where Your Life Is Going by Pierce Brunson. Every Monday and Thursday for the next 12 weeks I will share parts of the book starting today 3/17/2014. The next shares will come from my new book Rock The Crowd (Wednesday/ Friday Schedule starting 4/21/2014), a book that helps teachers give the best performances of their life as they teach their students.
Learning Curve: How To Prepare for Success When You Don’t Know Where Your Life Is Going is dedicated to helping the high school student that desires success in life but doesn’t know exactly what they want to do or how to do it. During this confusing and stressful time most students just pick a college major or get a job and just hope things work out. Well, that strategy is terrible! The best strategy includes learning and adding the characteristics in this book to one’s personality so that as the right opportunities come along the student can take hold of them. Learning Curve is the jumpstart information that helps teens prevent a lifetime of wishing, “if only someone would have told me”, once valuable opportunities have gone away.
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