Whatever your niche or professional goals, it’s worth noting from the very start of your career: no one is exempt from setbacks or failure.
Even the most successful people have experienced rejection or failure on their way to the top. Those that accomplish the most are those that use their failure as fuel for future success.
While failure offers the opportunity to learn and reflect, most of us fear the concept. If you fear failure you run the risk of playing it safe to avoid rejection, missing out on a wealth of career-enhancing opportunities as a result. Fortune does indeed favour the bold and by learning to embrace failure,you stand to catalyse your success in an increasingly competitive digital age. Here we explore the concept of failure and how you can use it to your professional advantage.
Studies suggest that as humans, we’re more afraid of failure than we are of ghosts. Moreover, the crippling fear of failure is the number one factor that prevents us from trying new things.
Whatever your niche or industry, the professional arena lends itself to those that step outside their comfort zone and push themselves on a continual basis.
If you’re unable to showcase courage and push yourself to the front of the pack, your skills or qualities may never get noticed, which is likely to hinder your professional growth.
Tackling a new skill or applying to a new position may result in rejection or some level of failure, it might hurt a little too But, failure isn’t exclusively negative, and it will help you to hone or identify your personal strengths. Don’t fear failure, embrace it.
Failure is a great teacher, and I think when you make mistakes, and you recover from them, and you treat them as valuable learning experiences, then you’ve got something to share.—Steve Harvey, comedian & motivational author
There is no shame in failure, it just means you’ve been bold enough to pursue your ambition. That alone should serve as motivation to continue on your path to success.
It’s clear that the potential to fail is the primary roadblock of success—but by removing fear from the equation, you’ll broaden your professional prospects and progress in a number of ways you never thought possible.
Rejection is never easy, which is why most of us avoid it at all costs. But, by understanding that failure is a part of success, you will remain open to taking bold steps to advance your career.
The first step to understanding how to befriend failure or rejection is to acknowledge the difficult emotions it conjures. These emotions are primal, normal, and you experience a setback, you have a right to feel the way you do.
The next time you feel rejection or failure in any form, embrace your emotions, observing your feelings rather than fighting them. By exposing yourself to your feelings, they will become more manageable and as a result, less fearsome.
When you feel as though you’ve failed or you’ve been rejected, allow yourself a moment to absorb the situation. Then, look forward to your next venture.Failure is a chance to learn and improve, so sit down and consider what you could have done differently, using it as wisdom to guide you through your future efforts.
Armed with your newfound knowledge, think about the personal strengths that will help you refine your efforts for future success and how you can take positive measures to build on them—doing so will remove your fear of failure of rejection, turning it into a more positive experience.
Being asked for help and being entrusted with difficult tasks are really big things that I achieved in the company.—Perry, Analyst Programmer, Orbium
Success isn’t strictly a solo pursuit and through community, you can embrace your strengths while sharing in triumph and defeat. That said, by tapping into the right professional community, or ecosystem, you’ll open yourself up to more opportunities than you ever thought possible.
At Orbium, we provide an environment that encourages people to take the lead, push their personal limits, and embrace experiences that will help them to grow.
Through a culture of growth and support as well as a commitment to the power of technology, we help individuals as well as teams reach their full potential by empowering them to use failure as a positive force rather than something to avoid.
Do not overuse the stick, sometimes the carrot might work better.—Kok Hwang, Manager, Orbium
Stop hiding from fear and the world will open up to you, one opportunity at a time.
For more professional insights, read our guide to using technology to enhance learning potential.