We all want to succeed and never fail. That is a logical way of thinking; however, that is not reality. At one point or another, failure will occur. The real question is not when, but how will you handle it? Are you prepared?
Greet failure with gratitude…
“People change when they..
Hurt enough that they have to,
Learn enough that they want to, and
Receive enough that they are able to” –John C. Maxwell
Failure is a gift. Yes, of course, it’s typically not enjoyable or fun to go through, but failure is the ultimate teacher. YOU have to embrace it and not let it pass by. Developing leaders truly believes learning is the key to mastering leadership. We must learn from our failures.
How do we learn and change from our failures?
Here is an example of how I greeted failure with gratitude.
As a young kid I was gifted with knowledge. I never had to work hard for my good grades. I coasted through school without pulling all nighters studying or writing papers. Everything came so easy for me. Until that dreaded day when the college acceptance letters started to arrive. My dream had been to attend San Diego State to study Business. That dream was shattered February 2008 when I did not receive the acceptance letter, instead I opened a rejection letter. I had never felt like such a failure in my entire life. I could have thrown in the towel on the whole college idea or rise above adversity and overcome my failure. (With the help of my parents’ heavy influence) I chose to rise above and learn from my failure. I decided to attend the University of La Verne; however, I made a vow to myself that I would not coast through college. I realized I need to develop my skills if I was ever going to make it in the business world. Not getting into my dream school was one of the best things that could have happened. It developed me into being a better leader, student, and family member. I dedicated more time to my studies which led me to graduate Cum laude and continue my education in Graduate School.
I am so thankful that I experienced this failure at a young age. It developed me into becoming a better leader. I encourage you to do the same. Don’t hide from your failures, learn from them! They are going to happen whether we like it or not, it’s our responsibility to make the most out of them. This piece of advice is a piece to the puzzle into developing into a better leader.
Go ahead, greet failure with gratitude. You’ll be happy that you did!