Feeling defeated by job opportunities not working out? You're not alone--you can bounce back. While failure can feel like a negative thing, it can actually bring about life lessons, new opportunities and even victory. In fact, failure can be seen as part of the success process.
1. A brutal teacher
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."
With experience often comes the unavoidable moments of failure. Instead of giving up or just seeing failure as pointless, Lewis suggests that those situations can teach us and ultimately make us stronger.
Whether you did poorly in a job interview or got laid off from your dream job, there is a lesson to gain from every experience. You may find that another job is a better fit or simply that you need to improve your interviewing skills. No matter what, you'll discover that you have what it takes to get back on your feet and fight harder to reach your goals.
2. A brand new opportunity
Failure might be painful or frustrating in the moment, but it's a fresh opportunity to try again. For example, you can use the lessons you learned from failing to avoid making those mistakes the second time around. Missing the mark is not only a chance at a better shot, it's also an opportunity to grow and perfect your “A” game.
Likewise, failure can open the door to find new and exciting job options. Sometimes closed doors can lead to an opportunity that's better than you ever expected. You won't know whether you're maximizing your potential until you allow yourself to be pushed outside your comfort zone.
As you prepare to try again or discover something different, here are some key questions to keep in mind:
- How could I have done better?
- What skills do I need to improve?
- What does my ideal job look like?
- What are the steps I need to take to get there?
3. A better victory
A success that isn't easily earned is all the sweeter. When you do nail that interview, all the sweat, blood and tears will be worth it. It's better to try your best and fail than not to try at all.
So if you're disappointed by failure, keep your head up. An epic fail can lead to growth, redirection and ultimately a sweeter success.