When You Fail [4 tips for 2017]

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I read somewhere that,“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”  I’d like to add the following; not only is failure not fatal but failure is required if you are to become successful at anything. Whether you’re creating the next big thing or pounding the pavement out looking for a job, the most important thing for you to understand is that failure is not the end, it’s actually the beginning and an opportunity to learn. Take it from me, with every failure you will be one step closer to achieving your dreams. However to truly make the most of life’s little setbacks and speed up this process I recommend you do the following 4 things.

Bend failure to your will!

  • Don’t be embarrassed to fail! There is no need for that here. Especially because every person fails at something, at some point in their life. In fact, it is likely that what you are failing at now others are currently failing at too! Erase the negative thoughts from your mind and know that you are not alone.


  • Access the situation immediately after you fail at something, while the wounds of defeat are still fresh. Take this as an opportunity to (a) explore the reason why failing occurred (b) be open to learning and (c) recommit to trying again. Yes, adapt and adjust where needed, but most importantly remind yourself not to give up and try, try again.


  • Know that life’s greatest moments can happen as a result of things going wrong.  Don’t believe me? You wouldn’t be here today reading this blog post if it wasn’t for the fact that I was recently laid off from my job. Go for what you want. You truly have nothing to lose and everything to gain.


  • Use failure as the great motivator! If things don’t go as expected, recommit yourself to why this goal is important to you. You have the power to see failure for what it truly is, nothing more than a matter of perspective.

Bonus Lesson: In one way or another persistence and recommitting yourself to the task at hand always pays off.

What are some of the things you have learned from failure? Share your wisdom and your thoughts. Also, if you have any questions or think there is anything I can help you with, please feel free to send me an e-mail dan@dansaso.com or leave a comment below.

Author: Dan Saso

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