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How failure promotes personal and professional success

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When it comes to personal and professional growth, failure has always been seen as something to be avoided at all costs. We are conditioned to fear failure and see it as a sign of defeat. Whether at school, work, or home, we’ve never been rewarded when we fail. Because of this, we have never been taught the value of failure.

That’s where the concept of fail forward comes in. This mindset embraces failure as one valuable learning experience. It is a new movement that encourages growth over perfectionism. And that’s where you’ll find true innovative success for your businesses and yourself.

Related: Why You Must Embrace Failure To Be Successful In Business

A modern take on an old story

So, how did you become conditioned to avoid failure? Traditionally, we should focus our attention on capitalism and productivity. Over time, the concept of “failure” was not seen as synonymous with “productivity.” It is rather the opposite. Looking back at factory workers and laborers, there was no net gain for workers not doing their jobs. In fact, failure can mean the difference between life and death. If you didn’t reap a harvest in the spring, you may have nothing to feed your family when winter comes. Avoiding failure served a huge purpose in basic survival, and this is where the distinction lies.

Where perfectionism sets boundaries, failure will triumph

Ultimately, your attempts to be perfect limit you. It indicates that whatever goal you are trying to become perfect is an ultimate goal in itself. It makes you think in the box. It confines and confines you to a set of thoughts and behaviors that are prescribed only toward its goal. Essentially it is the opposite of innovation. And innovation isn’t exclusive to the highest levels of business — it can be deployed anywhere.

Being innovative means looking at your repetitive tasks and saying, “I can see how this could be done more efficiently.” It’s about going to your field and thinking, “I can see how I can grow more produce this year, but it’s going to be different and I’m going to have to take a risk.”

Related: 5 Ways Fear of Failure Can Ruin Your Business

You need safety to innovate and certainty to fail

I want to challenge your traditional idea of ​​what security means. Security is a psychological climate in an organization that allows certain actions to take place without harm. It means that if a team member tries something new and fails, the existing organizational structures will support their growth. It also means norms and beliefs in the corporate culture. It’s when you create a work culture that helps teams feeling safe in getting out and taking a risk. There are systems that are necessary to nurture the growth aspect that follows learning through failure. These are the systems you should consider using in your business to drive team growth.

An acceptance of failure creates an organization of success

When we were younger, we were taught how to do everything through failure. Riding a bike, climbing a tree or baking a cake: none of us got it right the first time, and that’s how we’ve grown. We knew that if we fell off our bike we could jump back on, and we knew how to ride it now more than before. When we try to remove an organization’s failure processes, it creates a false reality of stagnant growth. Teams try to hide what they struggle with, that’s why they never improve. They just try to look like they got it because they feel like they should get it. And this generates systematic lies. The company itself also starts operating from this place.

However, when you embrace failure, you embrace the humanity of yourself. You accept your imperfections. This is the real process of perfecting your skills – not the other way around! As leaders, we must create cultures in our organizations that allow and encourage failure, as failure is a truth of our own. To deny it would be to deny a part of ourselves. When we embrace failure, we empower our teams to think creatively, take risks, and start innovating instead of replicating. It’s by providing environmental protection for imperfection that we’re starting to see superstars shine. Our companies also shine through this organizational flexibility.

Related: How To Develop A Positive Relationship With Failure

Put those retarded habits of yours aside – it’s time to fail forward

The beauty of this approach is that it’s really up to us to shape how we see it.

“Yes, that business idea I had four years ago that cost me more than my first car didn’t work out (failure) – but it did lead me to the idea that ignited my current organization (success).”

“It’s true, I completely fell off that project I was assigned to years ago and humbled myself in front of my entire department (failure) – but ever since then I’ve always known how to deliver a successful presentation (success).”

“I know I lost that sale with one of the most important clients I’ve ever had (failure) – but I’m stronger and wiser now, and I’m more evolved than ever before.”

Each “failure” is another step on your journey – you decide whether to put it behind you or ahead of you. Your perception will determine the outcome, and you hold the key. Go on, I dare you to fail forward. I promise you won’t look back!

Shreya Christinahttp://ukbusinessupdates.com
Shreya has been with ukbusinessupdates.com for 3 years, writing copy for client websites, blog posts, EDMs and other mediums to engage readers and encourage action. By collaborating with clients, our SEO manager and the wider ukbusinessupdates.com team, Shreya seeks to understand an audience before creating memorable, persuasive copy.

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