“I think it is fair to say that by any conventional measure…I had failed on an epic scale…”
Failure is Not Bad
The world renowned lyricist, Azeem Dehlavi, beautifully quoted –
“Girte hain sheh-sawaar hi maidaan-e-jang mein, woh tifl kya gire ga jo ghutnon ke bal chale”
“The easiest way to succeed is to aim low!”
How are we conditioned to see Failure?
Using Failure to Our Own Advantage
- External Factors
- Learning Curve
To turn failures to our advantage, we need to have an open mind, deprived of cognitive biases, have the courage to call a spade a spade, and zero-in on the key factors that led to the failure. I would recommend a detailed root-cause-analysis (RCA). There are various techniques/tools that are available. Let’s discuss a few possibilities as to what might be causing our failures –
If Ability is The Issue
We might need to learn a new skill. We can’t expect different results if we keep doing what we did or how we always did it. Something needs to change. “We” need to change. So, get ready for a new learning cycle.
If Focus is the issue
How Well We Fit?
Look Out Daily for Failures
Putting Failure in perspective
“I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”“I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.”“I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.”“I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.”
“I wish that I had let myself be happier.”