It’s safe to say that failure is one of the worst feelings ever. I mean, no one really enjoys working hard toward an end goal only to make a mistake that ruins the entire process. Despite what we think and feel in the midst of beating ourselves up about failing, it’s really true that failure can make you a better person.
Currently, one of my goals is to not dwell too much on the failures and mistakes too much. And also take them as learning experiences to become a better person, which is easier said than done. Whenever I make a mistake, I beat myself up over it for what seems like an endless amount of time. A while ago, I had a deadline to post on social media for a company and due to technical difficulties I completely dropped the ball and missed the deadline.
Not going to lie.. I was pretty pissed at myself for messing up that opportunity. But you know what? I’m taking this failure as an opportunity to grow. I’m learning that I need to get more organized. So, with that, let’s talk about how failure can make you a better person!
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1. Failure helps you learn what doesn’t work
Just like with any great inventor, nothing works perfectly the first time. Similarly to the reason why you should intern in college, it’s infinitely times more helpful to know all the ways something could not work, instead of only knowing the one way it does work. When something also doesn’t work out like you have planned it to, you open yourself up to many more learning experiences. Just like with any school homework problem: you are more likely to learn a lesson thoroughly if you make a mistake because you are able to learn and grow from that.
2. You become a more empathetic person
Life happens. Mistakes happen. When you have made a mistake or two in your lifetime (and who hasn’t made more…?) is it easier to empathize with others who have made a mistake that affects you. It’s so easy to get mad at someone for their failures, but when we understand how we felt during our failure, we can treat the situation with more care.
3. Failure forces you to work harder
I know I’m not the only person who feels their heart break when something goes awry. However, I try to let my heart stay broken only for a little while. Once I feel as if my pride is able to be restored, I pick myself up and bust my butt even harder. Which can lead to several benefits. Oftentimes, when you work harder to restore the damage you tend to surpass what you might have achieved if you hadn’t failed in the first place. When you start working harder, you also can develop a stronger work ethic, which will help you in your projects and assignments to come!
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4. Failure leads to new opportunities
However cliche it may sound, when one door closes, another door opens. If ever you feel as if an opportunity was lost due to a failure, know that something else will come up that could possibly be better! When something doesn’t go as planned, it either helps you look at it in a different way or makes you set your sights on something completely different.
5. You are given a reality check
When you think you have everything going for you and nothing can bring you down is the exact moment when you need to be approached by failure. Everyone needs to learn that at any second something could cause you to change paths and look at the situation differently. When you fail, you are forced to analyze yourself and what happened and possibly come to an understanding that it wasn’t meant to be.
6. Failure helps you become fearless
Like learning how to ski for the first time, you become such a better skier after you fall for the first time. I remember being so afraid to fall when I was learning, but when I realized that falling wasn’t all that terrible, I became more fearless and adventurous in trying new things on the slopes! Once you experience failure in a situation, you know the worst that could possibly happen, which is so helpful in taking chances to reach your end goal.
I know we have all failed at something at some point in our lives. When was a time you failed, but it actually turned out for the better?