How to Create Success Out of Failure

Now that we have established that failure is a requirement for success, what are specific things you can do to create success out of every failure you encounter?

Failure is a necessary part of success, but failing does not automatically guarantee that you will be successful. There needs to be effort on your part.

Sure, failure can be demotivating, so you might want to avoid it at all costs, but it is important to remember that some lessons in life can only be learned from failing. As they say, experience is the best teacher.

So here are five ways to create success out of your failures.

1.  Embrace failure as a natural part of the learning process

One of the marks of the most successful people is that they have failed numerous times before achieving success.

If they never fail, many of them would probably never have as much success as we know them to have today.

2.  Reflect on what went wrong

One of the most important skills in life is self-reflection. It is important to be able to sit down with yourself from time to time to understand yourself.

After experiencing failure, take some time to reflect on what went wrong and why. Ask yourself questions such as: What did I learn from this experience? What could I have done differently? What can I do to avoid making the same mistakes in the future?

Although failure is a requirement for success, it is not an automatic process. You don’t become successful just because you failed. You need to make a conscious effort to turn your failure into success.

Reflection will help you to discover the things that went wrong and ensure you make better decisions when faced with similar situations in the future.

3.  Seek feedback

No man is an island of knowledge. Getting feedback from others, especially those who have more experience or expertise than you, can be extremely helpful in learning from failure.

Ask them for constructive feedback on what you could have done differently and what you did well.

There are two reasons why it is smart to ask for feedback from others. One, if they have more expertise or experience than you, they can see things you may never be able to see.

Second, there are almost unlimited perspectives to everything in this world, and you can not see them all by yourself. But other people can see these perspectives, and when you ask for their feedback, they can help you see things from these other perspectives.

4.  Create a plan of action

A goal without a plan to achieve it is merely a wish.

After reflecting on what went wrong and seeking feedback, create a plan of action for how you can improve, based on the insights you now have. Set specific goals and create a timeline for achieving them (are you familiar with SMART goals?).

Since hardly any goals work out exactly as planned, be sure to track your progress and make adjustments as needed.

5.  Keep trying

Finally, don’t give up after experiencing failure. Keep trying and using what you have learned from your past failures to improve and achieve your goals. Remember, failure is not the end, it’s just an opportunity to learn and grow.

Once again, you must remember that failing does not mean you are incompetent. Even the smartest people experience failure from time to time.

For example, ever heard of Apple Newton, Apple Pippin, Macintosh TV, and iTunes Ping? These are all failed products from the almighty Apple. And don’t even get me started on Google.

The point is that failure is a part of life. Like hunger and sleep, it is no respecter of persons. Everybody experiences their share of failure at some point or the other in their lives. But you must keep trying if you want to turn failure into success.

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”

Samuel Beckett
Samuel is an avid reader and a freelance writer, in that order. He fancies himself funny, but his friends regularly don't laugh at his jokes. I have been a student of personal development for several years, and I created this blog to share my knowledge with others and help them become better versions of themselves.

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