How do you handle failure when things don’t go your way or turn out as you expected?

Do you just pack it in and stop trying or do you search for a better way to reach your goal?

After researching many of today’s best inventions and their inventors I came to realize that I should never give up on trying to achieve my goal but just look for a better way.

James Dyson the inventor of the vacuum cleaner that would not lose suction asserted the importance of failure in one’s life, “I made 5,127 prototypes of my vacuum before I got it right. There were 5,126 failures. But I learned from each one. That’s how I came up with a solution. So I don’t mind failure. I’ve always thought that schoolchildren should be marked by the number of failures they’ve had. The child who tries strange things and experiences lots of failures to get there is probably more creative.”

Daniel Milstein in an article Why Failure Is Your Best Teacher writes

You will fail. Failures are inevitable, especially when you take a big risk to achieve ambitious goals. Recognize this before you begin. You will learn from your failures and they will only make you better. There is very little learning in success. Embrace failure and move on. Failure is not falling down but refusing to get up.

The best solution is to figure out a better way of doing what you want to achieve and then do. Stewing over your past failures only stifles your creativity and keeps you stuck.

Five ways to make failure a friend and not an enemy.
  1. Make a list of the lessons you learned.
  2. Remind yourself that failure causes you to be more creative and more Innovative.
  3. Write down all the ways you could do it differently.
  4. Run your idea by a trusted friend.
  5. Never take failure personally, always look at a failure as a stepping stone to success.

I have learned to apply these five steps and have overcome many failures in my life and I have developed a great attitude and respect for others when they fail.


Leave me a comment of how you have overcome a past failure and turned it into a success.



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