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John Seckel, San Diego, on How to Handle Failure

Every single person in the world, from internationally known individuals to those who’re just getting started in life, makes occasional mistakes. And while these mistakes and failures almost always seem devastating, a little bit of thought, planning, and initiative can turn them into positives. Here are five ways to approach future failures and missteps: Objectively […]

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Every single person in the world, from internationally known individuals to those who’re just getting started in life, makes occasional mistakes. And while these mistakes and failures almost always seem devastating, a little bit of thought, planning, and initiative can turn them into positives. Here are five ways to approach future failures and missteps:

  1. Objectively and Unemotionally

It’s easy to create excuses in the wake of failures, but doing so is unfair to oneself and will make it harder to learn.

Instead, epic failures should be approached objectively and unemotionally. Take notice of the errors and circumstances that resulted in the failure; this information will be useful in the future.

  1. With Precision and Focus

Don’t cover failures in broad strokes; be as precise and focused as possible when conducting analyses. In this way, warning signs and lessons can be learned, and similar failures can be avoided moving forward.

  1. As a Winner

Epic failures are only small setbacks in the long and multifaceted game of life; those who fail epically lose the battle, but they needn’t lose the war.

Keep these ideas in mind when evaluating the details of a failure. Remember that the failure is a small hiccup in the grand scheme of things—even if it doesn’t seem that way immediately. Moreover, similar occurrences can be prevented if the proper mindset is adopted.

  1. As a Review of What Needs to be Improved Upon

In business, epic failures might mean that a certain subject (or group of subjects) needs to be better studied and reviewed. In relationships, epic failures might mean that certain skills—listening, responding, etc.—need to be learned.

In any event, bear in mind that failures can be turned into reviews of the skills and capabilities that need to be improved upon; with the right spin, negatives become positives.

  1. With Perspective

While the other tips on this list emphasize learning from epic failures, this one deals with weathering the emotional upheaval that they bring. It’s normal to be upset after failing, but it helps to keep the failure in perspective; to compartmentalize it and, in the process, prevent it from compromising success.

There’s always something encouraging to appreciate—a silver lining—and this takeaway will serve as a foundation for future achievements.

With initiative and planning, anyone can overcome epic failures and enjoy a fruitful and fulfilled life. The featured tips will help, and the results will speak for themselves.

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