We all fail in life. Failure is a part of life, yet so many of us are scared to even start something because of the fear of failure. The biggest separator of successful people to everyone else is how they respond to failure.
When facing failure, you have to make the choice on how you’re going to frame that failure. Failure should be seen as a stepping stone to success. Failure is just another lesson learnt of how not to do something. Failure is a pre-requisite to success.
When you have the right attitude, failure is an amazing teacher. It gives the the opportunity to explore new ways of doing things but this only happens when you approach failure in the right way.
The biggest barometer of your success as an entrepreneur, business person or employee is going to be your attitude. How you interpret things is going to have a massive impact on your life, whether you like it or not.
Some of the best lessons you’ll learn in your life will be the hardest things to accept. Adopting the right attitude is instrumental to living a happy, healthy life. If we don’t embrace the lessons from our failures, we end up making the same mistakes and putting an increasingly large emotional burden on ourselves.
Here are five hard lessons that will make you more successful:
The First Steps Are Always The Hardest
When you want to achieve something, those first steps are always going to be the most difficult and daunting for you. When you embrace the fear and take those first steps of action, fear disappears. As if by magic, fear is no longer a player in your business life. Those seemingly brave people that dive headfirst into opportunities aren’t different from anyone else. They just know that this strategy is one that works. One the generates amazing results.
The pain of getting started is unavoidable but procrastination only prolongs suffering.
Great Things Don’t Come Quickly
Success, above everything else requires a significant deal of time and effort. Mastery of any technique requires thousands of hours of honing your craft. Plenty of successful people would agree with this statement. Take Henry Ford for example – his first two vehicle businesses failed before he started ford at 45. The journey is the best part of success because it teaches you so many life lessons.
Being Busy Doesn’t Mean You’re Being Productive
Everyone is busy nowadays but most people aren’t actually being productive. You see people all flustered, in a massive huff, sprinting from meeting to meeting and sending off dozens of emails. How many of these people are actually succeeding?
Success doesn’t come from being “busy” – it comes from focus. Focus ensures that your time is used in the most efficient and productive way. We all have the same number of hours in a day, so make the most of it and don’t allow procrastination to hinder your execution.
You Can’t Control Everything
There are too many variables in life to be able to control all of them. What you are fully in control of though is your reaction to the external world. you reaction is what turns a mistake into an awesome learning experience for you. It’s what turns failure into success and is the essence of a successful entrepreneur. You can’t win every battle but with the right attitude, you can win the war.
You’re Only As Good As The People You Surround Yourself With
Have you heard the saying “you’re the average of the five people you spend the most time around”?
This is a powerful statement. The people we surround ourselves with impact us in ways we don’t even realise. Strive to surround yourself with people who inspire you, people who want to make you be better at everything. Don’t give time to people in your life that drag you down. You can’t afford to have negative people in your life. Cut these people off, life is too short to deal with this rubbish.