On Failure

Last Tuesday, our team set aside office work and gathered for a teambuilding seminar.

Unlike our previous activities, however, we spent the day reviewing the basics of sales and exchanging insights about our performance. It was about time that we had this kind of discussion together, as it is a great opportunity to recharge and make sure we are all moving in the same direction as a company.

One of our main topics was this generally pesky concept called failure. You know, when sometimes a situation does not go the way we expected or planned them to? When this happens, we normally ask ourselves: why did it (we) fail? What else, what more, could we have done? What did we not do? What if we did this and not that? Questions, questions.

We all have different opinions about failure. Some people view it as a loss, usually financially, or as a sign of weakness. Others believe that it does not even exist at all. That failure is, supposedly, just a state of mind. However you choose to look at it, I think we can agree that failure is inevitable. Everyone goes and continues to go through it — in their career, relationships, various areas of personal growth. It is necessary, especially if we aim to be successful, and it should not stop us from working harder. We can learn from what went wrong and we will do better next time. There will always be room for improvement, like there’s always room for dessert.

Below are some lessons from the team that might motivate yours as well:

“Keep in mind the reason for our failure.”

“Don’t wait for a memo to give you a wake up call.”

“There’s no excuse for rudeness in the workplace, no matter how wrong they are or how right you are.”

“Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.”

“Cramming does not work for everyone. Know your priorities.”

“Learn when to suck it up, and when to let go.”

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