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How to turn any situation into a learning experience

When we fail

Failure!   You know that feeling.

You were prepared. Everything was perfect. You had an amazing campaign, great objectives, good goals, and had layered in appropriate marketing strategies and channels. Everything should have translated into one of the most successful projects, but didn’t.

No, we all want to wallow in it, wrapping ourselves in a cocoon so the world doesn’t look at us.

Don’t blame yourself. By all means, take responsibility as necessary, but don’t blame.

 

Don’t blame yourself. By all means, take responsibility as necessary, but don’t blame.

 

Blaming leads you down a dark path, one where failure isn’t a good thing.

That’s right.

 

Today, you gain a new perspective. It takes effort, but failure doesn’t have to be the dark path you take towards the end. Where would the car industry be if Henry Ford gave up because of failure? He had several failures before his first car rolled off the line. And Honda Motor Company  might never have existed if Soichiro Honda didn’t pick himself off the ground when his factory was destroyed; twice.

Failure is what you make of it. Here are 7 things you can gain.

1. Learn from it.

There is no greater teacher in life than failure. You can see what elements worked and what needs to be adjusted so you can try again.

2. Builds Character.

A person with tenacity will always start again, not letting failure eat away at their resolve. That failure will make you a stronger person so you can deal with everyday issues easer.

3. Build a stronger team. 

Everyone is a little upset, asking what the client or the boss will think or say. That’s normal. It’s even normal to seek out who caused the issue. Don’t dwell. Pick yourselves up and start again. With every failure, you will collectively work on your emotional strength which will lead to a stronger, more communicative team.

4. Set your priorities. Fail once and you try again. Fail twice and you undoubtedly question yourself. Good. Are you sure you’re where you want to be? Take a look at your goals and see whether they align with your plan.

5. Change your perspective.

Knowing what failed in one project gives you a new perspective when looking at others. You have the opportunity to adjust before failure can stymie something else.

6. Become fearless.

When failure doesn’t mean the end, then you’re ready to take on challenges too daunting for lesser people. Never be afraid to fail.

7. Push the limits.

If you’re pushing your message out there and it fails, you are doing the right thing. Failure teaches you to explore unconventional solutions so you’re always on the cutting edge.

 

This isn’t a pep talk for the Friday night game. It’s an intervention. You can either let failure destroy you or you can embrace the mistake and learn from it. Failure isn’t the end. It’s an entirely new beginning. We need that failure to better ourselves.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for more content.

Cheers,
Jason Harris

 

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