The road to success is always paved with many obstacles and roadblocks. In fact, everyone who has achieve something of value in life has had to go through set backs and failures in order to accomplish their dreams. Unfortunately, for most people these temporary failures end up become permanent obstacles that are never overcome. So you may be asking, what is the correct response to failure?
Over the years I have learned that it’s best to assume that at some point in your journey you will fail. These failures or small setbacks can usually be brushed aside if you assume they are coming anyway. If you take on the mindset of I must never fail, then when you do reach a temporary setback you will feel defeated.
In my career, I have probably failed more times than I have succeed. The reason I have become so successful is because I never give up and instead I push through and fail forward. I’m not sure who first developed the concept of failing forward, but it is a common tactic of entrepreneurs and other successful people. The key to failing forward is to use failure as a learning opportunity to grow as a person. In fact, some of the best chances to learn is when you fail miserably at something.
If we are met in life and business with constant success, then we don’t learn the entire picture. Take for example the rich kid who never had to have a job in his life. Many would consider him blessed to be able to indulge in all the excesses and perks of being wealthy without any of the struggles and hardships of earning money. On the flip side, many would consider this a course because to some, the journey is the adventure. Hardship and struggle is what makes a man or women who they really are because it pushes them and tests their resolve.
The rich kid who was handed everything he has in life will miss out on learning crucial skills that would shape and mold his personality for the better. Surveying my life I would say some of the biggest learning moments were failures. The business that doesn’t succeed usually will teach us more about the industry, niche, and people than the one that does. That’s why everyone looking to grow their business should accept failure as a possibility and be ready to work around the problem and move past it.
The law of attraction teaches us to only focus on the positive, but I believe this is one instance where you should have a contingency plan for the worse case scenario. Remember, the bulk of your thinking and planning should always anticipate that everything will go as planned. In fact, it’s critical that you set goals and decide ahead of time what you wish to accomplish. People who fail to set goals have a hard time accomplishing anything of value because you have not mapped out a specific direction yet. Failing forward means that you have set goals, you plan on complete success, but when temporary setbacks happen you are ready to find a way around it.
What if great business leaders like Steve Jobs would have quit the first time Apple failed in the 90’s? It’s highly possible that great inventions like the iPhone and iPad would have never been invented. If you study great business leaders you will notice that they all have their failures, but it is the ones who never give up, and never give in who reach the top.
You can also take someone like Rob Towles as an example. I was reading in a SmashFund Review that Rob had filed miserably in a business previous to his first. Had he let that negative energy get him down, he wouldn’t be where he is today as a head CEO of a major company.
Take a minute out of your day to decide how your going to fail forward the next time you run into a problem with your business.