How to Turn Every Failure Into a Success
As much as we try to avoid setbacks, sometimes these things happen. Even those who have had major successes aren’t exempt from obstacles. But it’s important to remember that what matters more than the failure itself is how you handle it—and move on.
I was inspired recently by Chris Poole—founder of the wildly successful 4chan (kind of like the reddit of images)—and his reaction to the failure of his latest venture. So, I took to the web to find the best advice on how others can make the most out of a tough situation like his.
Whether you’re an entrepreneur facing the shutdown of your company or you're just coming to grips with a smaller personal setback, the links below will help you deal with failure and bounce back even stronger than before.
- Hear Chris Poole candidly reflect on why his new startup failed—and what he’s doing about it. (Inc)
- Consider new ways to think about your setbacks. (99U)
- Learn some specific tactics for picking yourself up after failure. (Pick the Brain)
- If you’re an entrepreneur, check out some advice from a founder on how to reassess your product—and have a fresh start. (Sean Ogle’s Blog)
- If you’re in the middle of a failure that’s happening, use these strategies to minimize the damage. (The Next Web)
- Or, reframe how you think of personal versus business failures. (HBS)
- Did you know there are six types of failures? Understand which type you’re facing to deal with it best. (Fast Company)
- Get inspired by these people who failed—and then ended up changing the world. (Medium)
Want more? Check out some of our great articles on making your failures into successes.
- How Rejection Can Help You Succeed
- 3 Steps to Turn Any Setback Into a Success
- Moving Forward: How to Overcome a Career Failure
Photo of failure sign courtesy of Shutterstock.
About The Author
Before joining The Muse, Sarah worked in social business innovation for Virgin Unite in London, strategy and innovation at Market Gravity, sustainability research in the Dominican Republic, and business development for a NYC startup. Wrapping up her time at Columbia University, she’s headed to McKinsey & Company after graduation. Say hi on Twitter @sarahlichang.