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Whether it’s losing your last life against a video game NPC or suffering a disastrous pitch that puts your job on the line, failure stings. It’s natural to worry that we’re going to fail from time to time, and to dread how that failure may reflect on us.
But if you’ve ever wondered, “Why am I a failure?” you’re asking the wrong question.
Having failed doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a failure. The way you respond to failure, however, can make an enormous impact on how you overcome future challenges.
We asked five faculty members at GLOBIS University for their advice on dealing with failure in business and in life. Here’s what they had to say about why failure is good for success (eventually).
What is “failure,” anyway?
“Fear of failure” quotes are all over the internet. One of the most popular comes from Winston Churchill: “Success is not final. Failure is not fatal.”
But according to Critical Thinking lecturers at GLOBIS University, it’s best to take a step back and think about what “success” and “failure” actually mean. Then ask yourself some critical questions.
Failure is relative.
Words like “failure” and “success” are relative, not absolute.
Alexander Fleming failed to keep his lab equipment clean during a two-week vacation, and as a result discovered penicillin. This discovery is said to have saved up to 200 million lives and unquantifiable human suffering.
Did you ever fail to get a job, or even just miss a train, only to find that it led to another interesting opportunity? Or how about that time your project at work did not go as planned?
What you learn from any “failure” experience may well be what helps you succeed in the future. Today’s failures are often tomorrow’s successes. Only the passage of time and our own actions can determine this.
—Jake Pratley, Critical Thinking Faculty at GLOBIS University
Failure is a sign that something needs to change.
What is the best way to deal with failure? Check your pride at the door and cherish this time as an opportunity to grow (faster than usual, actually).
Admit it, you’ve been stuck in your ways. Failure is life’s gentle way of telling you that you need a new perspective. So take a break if you need one, and reflect on what really happened.
Was it your fault, or beyond your control? What could you have done differently? Did you forget to take anything into account?
Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity, they say. So if you want to move on to something bigger and better, something needs to change. Your task now is to figure out what that change is, and how best to achieve it.
When you treat each failure as a chance to succeed, you’ll look back on these tough times and appreciate them as turning points. failure is a part of life. Make the most of it!
—Brian Cathcart, Critical Thinking Faculty at GLOBIS University
You failed—now what?
Let’s assume you have clarity: You failed, and you know it. But sitting around grumbling will just make you the very definition of a sore loser. What you do next, in the meantime between failures, is how you ensure that failure doesn’t go to waste.
By treating each failure as an opportunity to reflect and grow, you can remove much of the fear that you’re going to fail and look ahead. Here are some recommended actions to help you keep forward momentum.
Balance emotional support with objective review.
Throughout our lives, we tend to develop unique mechanisms to cope with failure. I personally have two: a solid emotional support system and a scientific mindset.
Consider this: A big project you were leading did not go as planned, and as a result your company faced financial loss, your team members got discouraged, and the high hopes or goals you aimed to achieve vanished in an instant.
This kind of failure can weigh down many of us. Even the most optimistic person (I consider myself to be one) can face anxiety, stress, and a feeling of personal defeat. Whenever that happens, the first thing I do is talk to my wife or best friend.
Both are active listeners—that’s important.
Support from others is welcome, but the best support you can give comes from yourself. Over the years, I’ve developed a scientific mindset to help me deal with failure. I observe, analyze, and theorize where things went wrong. Then I determine how I can learn from the experience.
Some of my heroes in the scientific community such as Carl Sagan and Richard Dawkins instilled this sense of thinking and re-thinking. Really, there are three steps:
- Admit you were wrong.
- Determine what went wrong, specifically.
- Challenge your beliefs and create a new path.
Business professionals can learn a lot from scientists. They have a natural curiosity toward new and established things and a willingness to experiment. And they can give us hints to overcome failure, face adversities, and grow.
—Sven Van Stichel, Marketing & Strategy Faculty at GLOBIS University
Let your failure teach you about tolerance.
Failures have taught me how kind and tolerant we can all be to each other at the most difficult moments.
I take pride in being a responsible and capable person in executing any task, both in my personal and professional life. Yet, despite my best efforts, I do fail.
When I fail, I tend to beat myself up for my carelessness and worry about others’ resentment. However, some colleagues and friends have surprised me with their instant forgiveness. They are willing to let go of the incident and help me feel better. They know how imperfect we all are, and they know forgiveness is often the only thing that makes sense.
Those are humbling moments, and they help me regain confidence in myself and the people around me. They make me regret my past intolerance towards others’ failures. Tolerance is one of the best qualities we can develop over time, and failures are the best tool to help us see its sheer importance.
—Megumi Taoka, Accounting & Finance Faculty at GLOBIS University
Start something new.
My father taught me something important when I was a young student of architecture: When you are facing troubled times, start a new project.
This lesson has ever since been my guiding light. Whenever I feel I have failed, I start a new project. This could be writing or reading, creating or learning, but it’s always something to carry on. To have a project for the future creates hope, and that is something you will need after a failure.
People who talk about hope attract others by inspiring hope. They are like lighthouses, illuminating the future.
It is said that when you face a difficult task, there are two times when you want to quit: The first one is just before starting, and the other just before the finishing line. To make it through the first one, you need hope that you will get through with honor. For the second one, you need hope that you will have strength to finish the journey.
Hope is the courage of life. It’s invisible, just like the future. It gives you the ability to look to the future, to see it, and then to make it happen. If you keep your sights on the horizon, you will never stumble on the small rocks.
Cope with your failures by creating hope through new projects. That will build the basis of your resilience throughout life.
—Dr. Anne Stenros, Creative Leadership Faculty at GLOBIS University
Zoom out to see the big picture.
It is a mistake to assume that failure is good or desirable. Failure hurts us emotionally, often financially, and sometimes entirely in vain. What’s most important is that we turn our attention to the future we can change, rather than the past we cannot.
First ask yourself, “Did I really fail?” If we zoom out on the scale of time, could this situation end up being a blessing in disguise? If so, what should we do to make that happen?
Second, if there is no silver lining, the best we can hope for is a painful lesson. Could we have done anything differently? How can we do better next time?
Failure is something to be avoided when possible. But a complete absence of failure would make our lives—and us, as people—very dull indeed. The best we can do is create successes from our failures. That power lies with us.
—Jake Pratley, Critical Thinking Faculty at GLOBIS University