What can you learn from your personal failures? We all aim for success in our lives and wish it upon others as well. Sometimes, contrary to our intention, we encounter failure in different forms: being rejected from a job or a scholarship, failing a college class etc.
At the time, it can feel disheartening but if we take a step back, here is what we can learn from failure:
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Tim Harford Approach for Personal Failures
”Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure” is strikingly well-written book by Tim Harford!
He shows us a new and inspiring approach to solving the most pressing problems in our lives. When faced with complex situations, we have all become accustomed to looking to our leaders to set out a plan of action and blaze a path to success.
1. It is beyond the ability to any one person to be able to control even small things.
2. The system we live in is far too complex for any one person to understand. Even developing expertise in a particular area isn’t as useful as you would expect because of the interrelatedness of things with my areas you know nothing about.
3. Failure is everywhere. Ten percent of companies disappear every year.
4. success comes through rapidly fixing our mistakes rather than getting things right first time.
Self-kindness play important role
If you believe that you should be hard on yourself in the wake of failure after all, how else would you grow? Than you should think again on your approach. Because many recent studies show, that you’re more likely to grow if you speak kindly to yourself.
Knowing the why
We should always focus on the “why” after failure. The goal is to get to the root cause of the mistake, and then uncover all the contributing factors. Without knowing the why, we will have no way of preventing the same failure from occurring again.
The Power of Now
Eckhart Tolle spent almost two years sitting on the park benches, simply “living in the moment” before he started writing this book. How to aware of your thoughts and how they affect you? This book is an excellent guide to the shutting of your brain noise. We let our brains run us mad most of the time, and never really stop to enjoy the space we are in.
Our mind has been clouded by past frustrations and disappointments or failures.
This book suggests that we have the power to focus on this very moment. If you want to take the control of your life without feeling the pressure of the future or regrets of the past, then this best gift is for you to your mind and yourself.
Don’t change your nature
A man sees a snake dying in flames and decides to free it from the fire. As soon as he catches it, the snake bites him causing excruciating pain. The man immediately drops the snake and the reptile falls back into the burning flames.
At this point the man, looking around, finds a metal pole and uses it to take the snake from the flames again, saving his life.
Another man, who had seen what happen, approaches the man and asks him: “This snake bit you! Why are you trying to save his life?”
The man replies: “The snake’s nature is to bite, but that won’t change my nature, which is to help.”
Don’t change your nature just because someone played role in failing you. Don’t lose your goodness of mind, but learn to act carefully.
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