Failure hurts. It’s a terrible feeling to know that you put your best foot forward, crossed all your Ts and dotted all your Is, yet still, the results were not what you expected. You felt disappointed, depressed, frustrated, angry and were all but ready to turn in the towel and give up on your dreams. I hope you didn’t.
However, even if you did, now is the ideal time to make an about turn and re-focus a bit more strategic energy in the quest to ultimately achieve your goals. Here’s how LinkedIn Caribbean facilitates this aspect of your business growth and personal development:
1. You learn that success doesn’t come easy: Arguably, beginner’s luck does exist. However, one does not continue to remain successful by happenstance or wishful thinking. Success of any kind requires a daily commitment to identify, strategize and fulfil a specific mission with the end in mind. This is where our mental muscles and fortitude are strengthened. How many of us remember the 2004 Summer Olympics held in Athens, Greece? Did you know that someone named Usain Bolt participated in those games? Probably not, as he incurred a leg injury and was eliminated after the first round of the men’s 200-meter qualifying races. Yet, four years’ worth of consistent work and determination ultimately won him gold in the men’s 100m, 200m and 4 x 100 m events at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
2. You learn what works and what doesn’t: Especially if you’re in the business of innovation and inventing, you appreciate that the first time is never the charm for success when creating a prototype for a new product or service. Neither the second, third, or even hundredth time. It can be an extremely unnerving period, yet, the lessons are aplenty if you are patient and willing. With each trial and experiment, you get better at pinpointing where the synergy lies, and also, where it doesn’t. In other words, your strategy or ‘game’ gets better because it is becoming like second nature to you. At this point, do not give up!
3. You become resilient and resourceful: Human nature is such that the more someone tells us that we can’t do something, is the more we become more willing to disprove that notion. The same is true for those who are truly inspired to become entrepreneurs, despite setbacks. You learn to better hone and manage [limited] resources by improved budgeting, analyzing marketing trends, learning to crunch numbers, writing proposals and business plans, accessing funding and how to better network.
4. You accept failure as a necessary part of success: All successful people have endured failure. Yet, they did not allow these developmental delays to ultimately define them. They cried, they got upset, but, they did not give up. Instead, they pressed on and failed. Pressed on and failed. Until one day, they succeeded!
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