September 20, 2016
In the crowded technology world, being successful is hard. With an incredibly saturated market of driven entrepreneurs and only so much capital to go around, it’s difficult to establish yourself. Fortunately, as many startup founders know, failure is just the first step to success. But the key to maintaining your motivation is to make sure you can bounce back.
But how do you bounce back when the failure is fresh in your memory? Try these 11 tricks to keeping on track when the cards are down.
Reflect on Small Victories
You may have failed, but it’s unlikely that everything went wrong. Celebrate the small wins along the way and think about how you can capitalize on them. After all, success takes a journey. Taking the time to reflect on the small things will help you be less likely to let the failures stop you from trying.
Let Yourself Be Disappointed
Sadness is a natural response to failure. Don’t fight it. Grieve for whatever you lost and let your disappointment win out. Whether you cope with ice cream or exercise, make sure you do it before trying to move on. Without a little closure, you’ll dwell on a failed business for way too long.
Commit to Moving On
Disappointment may be natural, but wallowing in self-pity won’t get you anywhere. Don’t regret trying to the point that you don’t try again. Failure isn’t the end. It’s what you have to experience so that success is even sweeter.
Grow from the Experience
Failure forces you to re-evaluate. Learning how to bounce back from failure is part of what made industry giants like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates as successful as they were.They didn’t let it define them as a person. They persevered and worked through it.
Take time to observe how you react to failure and how you can improve. Overcoming failure makes you more resilient, and resilience is a trait shared by many successful people.
SMART goals are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound. Did you have the right goals and the right steps to get there? Think through what you can change and how you can measure success along the way. Maybe your goal was too large and you have to set a goal that may not be as ambitious but may be more realistic.
Reach Out to Others
Isolation doesn’t help after failing. Talking through your feelings with friends or family can do a lot to help people get passed it. The key is to feel your feelings. If you’re in a good mood, don’t allow failure to ruin your future plans. Enjoying your everyday life will help you get back to normal and make motivation a little easier to come by.
Be Honest with Yourself
Acknowledging the mistakes you made is the best way to get passed failure. Don’t blame others for any problems, because they you won’t learn. You won’t learn from failures if you don’t accept some responsibility. You must acknowledge mistakes if you hope to attain success the next time you try.
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