Success Secrets:

Dealing With Failure

Turn Failures To Opportunities

How To Profit From Experience and Turn It To Your Advantage

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"Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently." ~ Henry Ford      More Achievement Quotes


Turning Failures into Opportunities

The Three Steps

  1. Get rid of all negative emotions – and lean: There is no failure, only feedback!

  2. Go into a fresh-start mindset – more intelligently: Given the situation you are in now as a starting point, consider various options: what opportunities for and a roadmap to ultimate success can you see or imagine?

  3. Take different views of the situation: Having looked at the scene from your view, look at it from different perspectives, try each of these views:

    • an optimist's view;

    • a pessimist's view;

    • an anarchist's view;

    • an architect's view;

    • a child's view;

    • a poet's view;

    • a strategist's view;

    • a competitor's view;

    • a customer's view;

    • a supplier's view;

    • Salvador Dali's view;

    • Charles Darwin's view.



Turning Failures Into Opportunities

"When you make a mistake, don't look back at it long. Take the reason of the thing into your mind, and then look forward. Mistakes are lessons of wisdom. The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power." ~ Phyllis Bottome

To profit from experience you must be open and willing to learn, even from what some people might consider a failure. "Generally, people have a narrow and negative understanding of the meaning of failure, and therefore tend to fide from it, a reflex that can block valuable learning," writes Peter Skat-Rørdam.1 What may seem to be a failure can actually lead to new opportunities, especially if the knowledge acquired from the failed projects can be exploited. Right learning questions can serve as a starting point for the assimilation of learning.

Changing your perspective is the key to finding success in seeming failure. "Optimistic thinking has sometimes gotten a bad rap as being unrealistic, but research has found that we can indeed live happier, healthier, and more successful lives if we can learn to discover opportunities in problems," says Charles C. Manz.2 These problems then become merely challenging opportunities that we can turn to our advantage.

Creative Problem Solving

"I have not failed 700 times. I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving those 700 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work." ~ Thomas Edison

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  1. Changing Strategic Direction, Peter Skat-Rørdam

  2. The Power of Failure, Charles C. Manz

  3. Entrepreneurial Creativity, Vadim Kotelnikov

  4. Personal Success 360, Vadim Kotelnikov