We Don’t Always Learn From Failure
There’s a lot of free advice out there these days. From inspirational and “lessons learned” posts on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram, to tips and tricks for living and working better and smarter that land in your email inbox.
Sometimes these messages can make it seem like most people’s lives are perfect.
We know that’s not the case. Yet, as we scroll we can easily start to feel like we don’t measure up. Or that we need to always be positive even when things are not going well.
I talk a lot about how I value my failures and am thankful for them. I honestly try my best to see them as opportunities for learning and growth.
Well, guess what?
Some failures don’t have a silver lining.
Sometimes they do not give me growth. Sometimes they do not help me move ahead. And when that happens, it really stings.
Because the truth is that failure can result in negative emotions and a lack of motivation that hinder growth and learning.
So, when you or your team fail, don’t sugar-coat it.
If there are lessons to be learned, embrace them. If there are not, call it what it is and do the work to move past it.
Sometimes that work is hard. Don’t be afraid to lean on those you trust for help, and encourage your people to do the same.