Failure is an Inevitable Part of Success; How will you Deal with it and what Lessons will you Learn?
First off, happy fall, I mean winter, I mean summer, I mean fall (thanks Calgary weather in October!).
As a young “cocky” millennial starting out in the industry, I thought I knew it all, and how do deal with any situation…..until I was thrust in a leadership role in my organization. Within the first few months of starting this particular project, I had to start a project in a new market (for our company), teach “green” subtrades how to build a high rise, hire and train someone, fire someone, and also take on significantly more responsibility; a tall task to say the least.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made a mistake/failed, and dwell on it for far longer than I’d like to admit. Recently had a relatively minor failure that I was thinking about for nearly two (2) days, which is actually what inspired me to research and write this blog post.
There are countless self-help books/blogs on how to deal with failure, and how to learn and adapt from failure; I could probably do an entire blog post on other blog posts I’ve reviewed for this post.
Instead of breaking down each quote into deep detail, and how it applies to the construction industry, I’ve compiled a list of lessons/tips/quotes that have helped me personally deal with failure, and will leave it to you to apply these lessons to your particular career. These helped me get over my failure quite quickly, hopefully they will help, if your dealing with a tough situation on your end. Enjoy!
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
Failure Humbles Leaders: “The funny thing about golf is that once you miss an eight-footer that matters, it becomes a little bit easier to miss the next one. Even for Tiger Woods.”
Padraig Harrington, Sports Illustrated (SI) April 4, 2016
Failure Brings Accountability:
“The Warriors players have created a rare culture of self-accountability in the NBA. The easiest thing for players to do is get someone else to pay for their failures.”
J.A. Adonde in this ESPN article
Failure is a part of leadership. The process of failure can never be avoided. In fact, it is necessary for a leader’s success. Peter Gruber, the co-owner of the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Dodgers and CEO of Mandalay Bay Entertainment, told the Colin Cowherd radio show on June 29th, 2015:
“You succeed and fail all the time. Actually you learn more from your failures than you do your success. Failure is an inevitable partner on the journey of success. And if you’re not failing sometimes you’re not seeing how good you can be or what you can do.”
“My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.”
Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States
Pattern Recognition. Successfully Handling Failure Gives You The Experience To Recognize The Right Opportunities For Future Success.
Failure is guaranteed. Everyone fails, so will you.
Success isn’t based on what you know now.
One of the biggest secrets to success is operating inside your strength zone but outside of your comfort zone.
“How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” a reporter asked. “I didn’t fail 1,000 times,” Edison responded. “The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”
“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”
“I don’t believe in failure. It is not failure if you enjoyed the process.”
“The difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure.”
John C. Maxwell