Most successful people whom we admire and want to emulate are the ones who have not let failure or setbacks hold them back. Yet we still find it difficult to talk about failure openly and share our experiences with it.
We often forget that success is defined by failure, and if you don’t experience the darkness how will you understand the value of light? Similarly, to understand the scope of success, it is important to talk about failure and deal with it so one can work toward success.
Here are some women leaders and entrepreneurs who share how they have dealt with or addressed failure to achieve success. Words of wisdom that will inspire you to embrace failure:
Failure is about learning
Failure teaches you what worked and what didn’t and it helps you realise mistakes, and avoid them in the future. So failure is all about learning from your mistakes and moving forward.
“I have encountered several failures in the past, which have provided important learning opportunities and have made me emerge stronger from the experience.” - Namita Thapar, Emcure Pharmaceuticals.
“I have failed many times. Sometimes it’s because of a wrong decision, losing out on a key business opportunity or even a missed deadline. But what’s important is how you look at failures, to accept that they are a part of your overall learning process, and that to move ahead you must learn to make it a tool instead of a roadblock.” - Padmaja Ruparel, Indian Angel Network.
Failure is temporary
Like most things in life, failure too is temporary. It is pertinent to see it as something that momentarily transforms our experiences and helps us to move forward. Hence, it is all the more important to embrace it, learn from it and move forward.
“Failure is temporary. If you believe in your idea, keep the flame burning and look for ways to make it work. Persistence and perseverance are key.” - Sunita Maheshwari, Teleradiology Solutions
"Be brave enough to use your voice, every single time. Share your mistakes so others can use them as springboards for growth." - Archana Walavalkar, StyleCracker
“You need to keep plugging away with tenacity and passion. I focus a lot on the ‘Power of Now’ - what can you do now to fix the problem rather than being overwhelmed or moping about it.” -Meena Ganesh, Portea
No one said failure is easy. It is tough and difficult to deal with but by being focused we can deal with it. It is crucial to understand why you failed and how you want to take your failure and turn it around into learnings that help you move ahead in life and to succeed.
“Success and failure are just relative terms. Take failures in the same spirit as success. It is a part and parcel of growing every day, for every day is a challenge.” - Shikha Suman, Medimojo
"It’s important to keep your focus on a solution rather than waste energies on thinking what could have been or what will be. To stay rational and logical is essential during trying times." - Priti Rathi Gupta, Ishka Films
“Having an objective each day is the expression of your ‘why’. Knowing why you are doing something and owning that why is the foundation for a successful life. This is how entrepreneurs create products and lead businesses seemingly out of thin air, this is how activists create mass movements, and how athletes come back from the grips of certain failure or painful injuries and find a way to win. It’s because they know their why. -Shikha Uberoi, Indi.com
How have you failed? What did you do to cope with failures and how did you move forward? Tell us in the comments section below.
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