In my mid-twenties, I began selling Mary Kay products. It was an exciting time. I saw so many other women who made a great career out of the opportunity. Yet, shortly after beginning my journey, I decided it wasn't for me. I just wasn't seeing the growth. I hated to tell my recruiter and friend that I wanted to back out, so I held on. Then, it became quite obvious that MK wasn't for me. I didn't have the confidence or knack for marketing like I felt I needed.
Maybe you've had a similar experience. You had high hopes that your last idea, business or event would really take off. Yet, you ended up failing. No company wanted to buy in to your new invention. No one showed to your event. No one wanted to loan you money to start your jewelry boutique. That stinks. But let me give you 3 reasons why you should embrace your failure.
- You gain knowledge.
So, what if your idea was a bust? Look at the bright side--now you know what doesn't work. Take that knowledge and either come up with something different altogether or improve upon your idea, business, etc. Knowledge is power.
2. You learn about your character.
You never know what you're made of until you're in the fire. Are you the type to get flustered easily? Or do you put on your boots and jump in the mud? Although sometimes painful, failure helps you grow. Reflect on how you respond during challenging times and adjust accordingly.
3. You open the door for new opportunities.
I believe there is a season for everything in our lives. Sometimes, we were meant to simply learn from experiences that will push us towards our true calling. For example, working at McDonald's may not seem like the ideal place to earn money, but you can gain invaluable experiences in customer service and the food industry. This could lead to you opening your own five star restaurant with the proper plan. Remember, your present circumstances do not dictate your future.
It can be difficult to focus on the positive side of failure. Not many like to admit their shortcomings. Yet, I challenge you to tell me about one of your failures, and how you have or plan to overcome it. I can't wait to hear your stories!
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