EP.13 - LEARNING TO FAIL BETTER
In this podcast, I share with you 4 quick tips to help you fail better. The fact is this, life is full of failures. From the moment we try to walk in our traineeship as a human, to failing a crossword in our last year as a human. Life is full of them! Do what you’ve always done and you’ll get what you’ve always got, so unless you learn how to fail better, you will continue to fail over and over. Here are my four tips to help you fail better:
1. Learn something from each failure – Failing is the quickest way to learn something because as soon as we fail, there’s no more guessing on whether or not it will work. Once you fail, it will give you instant access to your next attempt. You could read 100 books on the subject and still fail, so why not get right in there? Obviously, we have been taught something so allow time to learn it, but the sooner we get in there, the sooner we’ll delay the inevitable.
2. Don’t be afraid to fail – Our self-image is one of the most important things we have and the last thing we want to do it taint it by doing something wrong. To be honest, people respect someone who has a go way way way more than someone who doesn’t! Once we overcome this, it will pave the way for a successful achievement.
3. Taking responsibility for our failures – Just like with all of our choices in life, we need to take responsibility for our failures too. Until we’ve taken responsibility for them, we will not pay attention to them and in turn, not learn anything for next time. Once we take responsibility for our failures, it becomes our responsibility to do something about it.
4. Ask yourself questions – This step is sometimes like the middle child. The forgotten one. We don’t pay it as much attention. If we pay it attention, it would give us the fuel for our next attempt. Some questions you can ask yourself might be:
- What can I learn?
- What can I do differently?
- Do I need to acquire any new skills?
- What do I have to do to prevent this from happening again?
- Ask yourself ‘WHY’. Why did I not succeed at this?
Once you answer these questions, WRITE IT DOWN. Plan it out for success next time.
Failing is one of those things that you practice more and more, and it will happen less and less. Good luck with your next failure.