No one likes to fail. No one talks about their failures in great excitement or pride. If anything, failure is something we all keep a secret, ashamed of what we didn't accomplish, instead only sharing our successes. However, talking about our failures shouldn't be one of shame, it should be one of reflection and rejoicement. That's because we took a chance, we leapt when we didn't know what might be on the other side. So what if it didn't work out, we eliminated one more what-if in a world of unknowns. That should be something to celebrate, especially if we didn't give up!
"Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently." - Henry Ford
Chances are, if you're a small business owner, you've achieved a great success in your life; however, there is an equal chance that you also have a lot of failure behind and around you OR you want to take a chance, but are afraid you might jeopardize it all.
We, as the entrepreneurs and business owners of the world, should talk about failure and how to learn from it instead of keeping it a secret.
Here are some best practices for failing:
1. Lend a helping hand
We all know from experience that failing is hard. And it never gets any easier, does it? So, when you see others experiencing a failure or getting into trouble, be sure to offer your help and guidance. More often than not, they will thank you for it. And who knows, maybe they will be the ones that save you one day when you're facing a problem!
In a world that punishes failure, be someone that celebrates it. When we fail, there are all sorts of penalties, I-told-you-so's, and sly looks from enemies. Instead of focusing on those negatives, focus on the fact that you TRIED, which is a lot more than most can say.