Why Failure Could be The Best Milestone In Your Career
I have been binge watching House of Cards for the past two weeks and I have to say that it had gotten me reflecting a great deal on my career life. Watching the ruthless Francis Underwood who would stop at nothing to conquer the capitol teachs us a lot of good (and extremely bad) career lessons. But if I have to choose one thing that stuck with me throughout, its the beauty and power of failure.
“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” - Winston Churchill
In every situation where Francis was faced with failure, it seemed to only fuel him to reach even further, become more ruthless and more persistent than ever. He fell down, even cried at times, but everytime he uses that to just pick himself back up and hit back even harder. In that, there is a reminder for us all.
Whether we like it or not, at some point in your career, you will need to experience failure. You took the wrong job, made the wrong decision, got fired or missed a promotion...whatever failure is for you, however big or small, its important to remember that every single successful career person has experienced failure in their lives. However, in this competitive day and age, with the social media projecting only perfectly curated successful lives, endlessly happy and gorgeous people, we tend to get too hard on ourselves trying to aim for perfection and punishing ourselves for failing. Well, you need to trust that there is beauty in failure and below are some of the reasons why failure can be the best milestone in your career life.
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” - Thomas A. Edison
You will learn something you didnt know before
The oldest saying in the book states that with every mistake you learn something new that will help you improve. Lay the cliche of it aside and you have a very valuable advice. You came up with the wrong idea? Now you know its time to try something else. Put a project plan that didnt work well? Now you know what you need to change and what to avoid next time. Point is, You will learn nothing in your life if you dont make mistakes.
Failure can lead you to what you truly want to do
You graduated, chose a career, its prestigious and pays very well but you come back home everyday wishing you had the chance to open your own specialized agency, or even start your own swimsuit line. But you know that this wont pay the bills. Then one day you got layed off. While most will cry for days and start analyzing why and how, we should see the chance in this. After all, most of the world's top Athletes, successful designers, entrepreneurs, has started a life-long successful career after failing and walking away from another.
Failing proves you are courageous
Even though you didnt end up with the success you aimed for, you took a chance and tried, and if that proves anything, it proves that you were not scared. Most people will let fear get into them and will always play it safe. But the ones who truly reach success are the brave ones who are not scared to take a chance, fail, get up and try something else.
Failure happens for a reason
Like most things in life, failure happens for a reason. Maybe you were not ready for this promotion or maybe this new idea would have failed eventually, hadn't it failed now. Whatever it is, you will find the reason later. As for now, its time to start trying again.
Its not fatal, its a chance to come back even stronger
Like Francis Underwood, you should keep using these failures to fuel you back up. Stomp your feet and cry your heart out. Then take a good bath and a get good night's sleep. Wake up the next day, fueled up and ready to pour your heart into it and try again. Because this fail might be the best thing that has ever happened to you in your career life. Years from now you will be looking forward and thinking, "if it wasnt for that one mistake...I would be here today!".