Failure is a scary thought for many. An uncomfortable feeling in the pit of one’s stomach.
It shouldn’t be.
And while it is painful, we should face that pain head on.
We need to rethink the idea of failure. It is time to stop viewing it as something negative. Successful failure is when we use it as fuel to improve ourselves, our businesses and our events.
Failure helps us take that (at times) much needed step back to rethink, regroup and refocus. After which, we start up again and discipline ourselves to take one step at a time moving forward from the experience.
Think it about it this way:
Failure does not make you weak in the eyes of others
So, don’t think that it does. There is no shame in admitting defeat. In fact, there is power in taking responsibility and being honest.
The worst thing you can do is pretend that it didn’t happen, or face away from failure. This is when it has the power over you, instead of the other way around.
Facing your stakeholders and being transparent about the fact you messed up will garner you more respect than you might think.
Failure is not embarrassing if you showcase how you will use it to both your and their benefit going forward.
This chaos you are experiencing, it creates opportunity to shake things up
Knowing what went wrong is the first step towards not allowing it to happen again. So first things first, reflect on what did go well versus what went south.
This way, you don’t let the feeling of failure overshadow the rest.
Chaos creates the opportunity to innovate for your next venture, playing to your own strengths and recognising where you will need support. Perhaps you need to invest in an event management company, or you need to rethink how you shape your event content.
Redefine what success means to you.
And use the experience of failure as fuel for rekindling your passions. Celebrate your failures just as much as you celebrate your successes. As they say, it is often times the doorway to success.
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