People who have failed throughout their career can attest to the fact that it helped them immensely moving forward. Failure is a common part of a career and should almost be expected. Not everyone will get it right the first time, or succeed the minute they are handed their diploma. Failure can actually be a great mentor for your career. Keep the following tips in mind the next time failure peaks its head into your career:
Quiet the Skeptics
Find a way to quiet the skeptics as much as possible. This will ensure that you are happy during your career. No one else can tell you if you are good enough or ready for certain parts of a job. The only person who can tell you this is yourself. You can quiet the skeptics by taking your time and putting in the hard work required to become successful. Always be grateful and accepting of those who believe in you, but do not expect it. If you begin to expect it, you will come across disappointment.
Don’t Live in the Past
Refrain from living in the past. When you live or dwell in the past, your future will suffer. People who live or dwell in the past tend to be afraid of the future and disappointed in what is happening right now in their career. Even if what happened to you in the past was traumatic or really disheartening, you must get past it and only focus on the here and now so your future does not suffer.
Work Outside Your Comfort Zone
Many times during your career you will have to step up and step out of your comfort zone. A major career killer or reason for it stalling can be peace of mind. The more you work in your comfort zone, the more likely it is that you will have trouble moving forward. The ability to step out of your comfort zone can really help your career and teach you how to succeed.
Be Patient, Be Persistent
Do your best to be patient, but also persistent at the same time. You do not want to be so patient that you settle into a dead-end job for the rest of your career. But, you should also be persistent. If you fail, try again. Try a different way. Or re-work your project completely so you do not fail again. Persistence will reward you eventually.
The next time you fail at a project or a job, remember that you can learn from it and turn the failure into success down the road.