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Failure is a difficult and embarrassing part of life. We try to resist it whenever possible. It’s not uncommon to completely ignore the possibility of failure. Maybe if we don’t think about it, it won’t happen. If we do happen to fail, we try to ignore it, hide it, or explain it away. Because failure isn’t something we readily embrace. But should we?
Embracing failure means to face it, and possibly even welcome it. Embracing failure means to own the outcomes of our choices, so we can learn, grow, feel, and improve. There are hidden rewards in embracing failure, and we’re shedding light on them today.
5 Ways Embracing Failure Leads to Greater Success
The most important thing we can do when we fail is to look very closely at WHY we failed. This simply can’t happen if we reject or ignore our failures. If it’s always someone else’s fault we never give ourselves the ability to learn from our mistakes. Embracing our failures often means we can take a studied look at what went wrong and correct it for future attempts.
Embracing failure seems counter-intuitive, but what you’re really doing is showing your mind and heart that failure is not the death of you. By embracing the failure, you learn that you’re stronger and more resilient than you know. You can draw on the experience and strength you learned from the past.The next time you attempt a new venture you will have an added resilience that boosts confidence and reduces the sting of future failures.
When you are able to embrace your failure without blaming others or denying it completely, you build trust in yourself and others. Think about it – would you rather do business with someone who refuses all responsibility, or someone who owns every decision and consequence? Others are more likely to support and invest in you when you show that you can embrace your failures.
Often entrepreneurs are forced to make huge changes or paradigm shifts in the face of failure. These changes or shifts can be absolutely critical. You may find the life-changing idea or business opportunity, but not until you embrace the failure of the one you’ve been trying to deny. By admitting defeat, you open up a future of possibilities that can bring success untold.
When you embrace your failure, it becomes a source of inspiration for you and others. You may be giving yourself the spring-loaded determination you need, and helping others become brave enough to pursue their dreams when you are able to say “I failed, but it’s ok.” It can be a source of light for you in dark times. Learning from your mistakes brings success much closer. It can be your first steps on a path of immeasurable success!
It certainly goes against everything in our nature to embrace failure. But that’s exactly how we can become supernatural! Begin by embracing small failures – being late, ruining a recipe – and work your way up to embracing the bigger failures. You’ll find the benefits to lead you straight to success.