Turning Failures Into
"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.
attitude 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
more successful lives if we can learn to
discover opportunities in problems," says Charles C. Manz.2 These problems then become
opportunities that we can turn to our advantage.
"Admit to ‒ and learn from
your mistakes. Mistakes must be viewed positively... because
with the knowledge you gain from them, you are able to do better
in the future. So much can be accomplished with a long-term
vision and resilience to short-term setbacks. Not every problem
is conquered overnight, but if you persist and never give in to
your mistakes, you
~ Craig Ballantyne