How To Deal With Failure On The Job

There will be times at work when you experience failure. It happens to everybody sooner or later. It’s just a part of life. The important thing here is not that we fail, but how we react to it. Indeed, failure is not something that we should fear because often it is only through failure that we can grow and learn and move forward. Here are some tips on how to best handle failure when it happens

Recognize it

When faced with a failure, some people resort to denial. They refuse to admit what happened or they put the blame somewhere else — on other people, on processes or policies, on anything but their own missteps.

But in order to deal with failure, you have to acknowledge what happened. This is the only way you can learn from it and make sure you avoid it in the future.


This is the key to dealing with failure — bouncing back from it and moving forward with the same determination and vigor, not letting it get in the way of your progress. Some people cannot let it go. They carry it with them, but this is the exactly the wrong attitude to take

People who are ultimately successful in life experience failures like everyone else. What sets them apart, however, is their ability to overcome those setbacks, to use them as a learning experience, and then to continue forward. It takes a kind of mental toughness to do this.

Examine what happened

After you have admitted what occurred, the next step is to take a cold hard look at it and try to determine why it happened, what were the causes, what led to it. Look at the entire situation, the context in which it occurred and the actual events and analyze everything.

In this way, you can learn from failure, and you can take steps to ensure that the same kind of thing doesn’t happen in the future. It is an experience that will help you to grow in your profession.

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