CAREER ADVICE

Failure

“Failure is not an option.” This has become the theme of life for many in pursuit of that American Dream. As entertainers and creatives we are programmed to focus on success. Whether it be album sales, social media followers, booking consistent gigs, or selling that script that’s been sitting on your hard drive for the past 5 years, we all have something we attribute to attaining success. What level of importance does failure have in your life? How does it affect you? If we take a look at some historical visionaries and their personal success stories, we can clearly see the value in understanding the importance of failure. Thomas Edison had 9,000 designs and attempts at the light bulb, Dr. Seuss was rejected by 27 different publishers before landing a deal, one of the greatest NBA basketball players of all time, Michael Jordan, was cut from his High School team, and Walt Disney’s infamous bankruptcy all served as stepping stones to their legacies. A minor setback can potentially position you for a major comeback! Failure can often times feel like a major life event. It’s that moment of an unmet expectation, not meeting a project deadline as anticipated, or even missing your kids soccer game or school play because work became the top priority. No matter the event, feelings of failure can eat away at us, causing us to be riddled with unwanted guilt, shame and often times embarrassment. Don’t allow feelings of failure to overcome you and prevent you from achieving greatness. We all have a destiny out there, so learn to start treating your failures as stepping stones instead of road blocks. To be the best business professionals and creative individuals, we have to begin to see failure as a learning experience that pushes us forward. Allow failure to challenge you to self examine, and see what you can do differently or better the next time. Ask questions, and seek out subject matter experts to help guide you in not making repeated steps that may have led you to failure in the first place. When we truly learn to own our failures as a pathway to growth and success, we rid ourselves of thoughts and feelings of actually BEING a failure. So don’t fail inward, fail forward.

“When we truly learn to own our failures as a pathway to growth and success, we rid ourselves of thoughts and feelings of actually BEING a failure. So don’t fail inward, fail forward..”

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