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The Hidden Beauty Of Failure

By News Creatives Authors , in Business , at August 24, 2021

There would be no success without some amount of failure. We all miss the mark sometimes; it’s just a part of the process. The power of our shortcomings becomes evident when we view them as opportunities rather than setbacks. Let’s explore how we can transform a moment of human error into a chance to grow.  

What constitutes a failure? We all have our own definition of failure, but for the purposes of this article, I wanted to clarify the scope of failure that we’re discussing. It can be any situation in which an alternative outcome would’ve been preferred. Situations like this can be as minimal as an employee dropping the ball on something small. But of course, failures can also be big enough to shake you to your core, such as a mistake that unequivocally derails a project (or even an entire business) beyond immediate repair. 

You might think that larger failures require a different reaction than less significant mistakes, but that’s not the case. Each and every case of human error can be met with an attitude of pragmatic acceptance and grace. 

The humanness of doing business. In the constant flurry of reports, deadlines, and emails, it’s easy to forget that every person within or interacting with a business is just another human being like yourself. They are all juggling their workload, homelife, and a myriad of other life dramas you know nothing about.

In most cases, we all work through tragedies, transitional periods, and even bouts of mental illness. These can all affect how well we’re able to work on any given day. Knowing this, you can approach failures mindfully with a deep sense of empathy towards those involved. 

You can only control your reactions. I like to approach any case of human error with this attitude, “Yes, this is a setback, but the fastest way to get back on track is through understanding, forgiveness, and unified forward movement. We are in this together.” Forgiveness, understanding, and constructive feedback foster unity, while finger-pointing and scolding tend to drive wedges between people. 

Which reaction do you think will be more effective when asking your team to band together to right the ship after a setback? Applying empathy wherever possible will always get you further than ruling with an iron fist. 

A chance to learn. In addition to being an opportunity for understanding, mistakes present a chance to learn in the process. That’s the essence of the phrase “trial and error.” Without errors, we wouldn’t know what doesn’t work. By revising our actions after a failure, we naturally become better at what we do. With that mentality it could be argued that making mistakes and subsequently correcting them is the only way to truly become an expert in your craft. 

Therein lies the often-unrecognized beauty of failure. Each obstacle brings with it the chance to show grace and understanding as a leader, as well as advise your team on how to create greater chances for success in the future.

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