When it comes to living and leading everyone will have times when they fail. The important thing to remember is that success or failure is never forever. When it comes to dealing with failure, make your future bigger than your failures. Look at some of these people of influence who never let failures determine their future:
Abraham Lincoln’s first business as owner of a dry goods store was a flop. He was later appointed postmaster in his township and had the worst efficiency record in the county.
Franklin D. Roosevelt began his career in public service after flunking out of Columbia Law School. He then decided to run for governor of New York.
Dwight D. Eisenhower was rejected three times for command positions before being appointed Supreme Allied Commander in 1942.
Harry Truman opened a hat and shirt shop at age 35 that went bankrupt after just two years. Truman worked 15 years to pay off the debt.
Here are 5 principles to help you move forward after failing:
1. Know failure happens- The first thing to remember is that failures happen, even to the best of us. Since no person or leader can avoid failure one of the things we can do is to know and expect it to happen.
2. Acknowledge the failure- When the leader or the team that the leader is leading fails, it’s the leaders duty to accept responsibility. The leader needs to point to finger at themselves while avoiding blaming the situation or others. It’s about taking ownership of what has happened whether the failure was due to the leader or a follower.
3. Maintain a positive attitude- This is so important when it comes to moving past failure successfully. The key is to make sure your attitude and behavior is positive. The way we react to failure greatly determines the outcome of what happens after the failure.
4. Learn from the failure- If we want to successfully move forward after a failure then we need to learn from what has happened. This can allow us to make necessary changes and avoid the same thing from happening in the future. Failing forward happens when we learn from what has happened.
5. Move past the failure- After following the above steps then move past the failure and focus on the future. It can be easy or tempting to stay in the middle of the failure but if we want to move from failure to success then getting over the failure is a must.
Questions: What others principles would you apply. How do you move forward after a failure?