We All Fail

Not only do we learn more from failure than success, we learn more from bigger failures because we scrutinize them more closely. When failures, mistakes, and tragedies happen, one makes choices that affect the speed and strength of their recovery and often determine whether one collapses or thrives.

Psychologist have found that over time, we usually regret the chances we missed, not the chances we took. The majority of the regrets were about failure to act, not actions that failed. As we believe, “We regret the things we don’t do, not the things we do”.

We should consider failure as a learning opportunity. The same holds true for mistakes. When in a company, it’s safe to talk about mistakes, people are more likely to report errors and less likely to make them. Teams that focus on learning from failure outperform those than don’t.

We all have blind spots – weaknesses that other people see but we don’t. Sometimes we are in denial. Other times we simply don’t know what we’re doing wrong. The people who have taught me the most in my career are the ones who pointed out what I didn’t see.

In sports, taking suggestions from a coach is the whole point of practice  and the same should apply to any person in other field who wants to excel. Lastly accepting feedback is easier when you don’t take it personally. The ability to listen to feedback is a sign of resilience, and some of those who do it best gained that strength in the hardest way possible.

So no harm in failing once a while.

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