July 3, 2021

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Learn from Failure: The Key Reasons Why We Fail at Work and In Life

Did you stop and take some time to learn from failure why you failed?

I want to talk about why we fail at work. I believe we fail because we get cocky when we believe we no longer need our practice to move our skill levels into the realm of competence. Sometimes we let our guard down and failure introduces itself to us.

It is a common belief that failure is something that happens to us. No! Failure is always there waiting for those who do nothing. Did you notice that doing nothing is equivalent to failing? Yes, failure is always waiting for us to let it be.

We fail when we think we got it, we have arrived, or we no longer need to practice, pay attention, or watch our spending, count calories, or go to the gym three times per week. Failure is something we welcome with our mindset, actions, and attitudes.

Explore the reasons behind failure at work

I must clarify that failure is not a “bad thing”, sometimes, failure can be the best thing that happened to you. It may open new opportunities, ideas, and growth for you and those you influence.

Failure can allow you to change course, it is not always about failing it may very well be about winning better or growing.

My client was terribly upset that she could not make it work in this new job. She thought this was a good safe place for her to work, but the team was toxic, exclusive, and unyielding. They knew how to cover their tracks. She was up against a tough group of number crunchers.

She was beside herself and became ill because of the situation. It turned out that she just was not cut out for that suppressive atmosphere. She needed to be in a place where she could breathe.

Failing at engaging and bonding with this group was just what she needed to learn from failure and realize this environment was not good for her.

What about you? Where did you fail at work this week? Did you get passed up for the promotion?

Are you facing the end of another week without a job offer?

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No matter what the failure, it hurts to not be successful at the things we want, and especially for the ones we worked really hard for.

Remember, failure is not the end, it may be the beginning of something great, wonderful, surprising, and fulfilling.

Keep your chin up and your eyes open to see where this failure will lead you.

Learn from failure and grow!

Your Wellness,

About the author

Joyce Odidison is a Conflict Analyst, Corporate Trainer, Keynote Speaker, Author, and Master Leadership and Well-being Coach. Joyce is the Thought Leader behind the groundbreaking Well-being Intelligence Curriculum™ and WIS® Assessment that identifies well-being risks for individuals and organizations. Her work includes harassment and psychological safety consultation, designing inclusive wellness systems, wellness assessments, diversity conflict and well-being consultations, train the trainer certifications, and relational leadership coaching. Joyce also hosts the annual Global Workplace Wellness Summit and her weekly What’s Happening at Work podcast. She is the author of six books and President of Interpersonal Wellness Services Inc. Joyce is passionate about helping people identify and reduce barriers to living their best lives. In her downtime, you will find Joyce reading, cooking, taking long walks or enjoying time with family and friends. She can be reached at www.interpersonalwellness.com

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