Thought piece Thursday #22 - Is failure and rejection really such a bad thing?

Today may be an uncomfortable post for some of you. We're going to talk about the taboo topic of failure, which can be translated into rejection, losing or various other terms.

We'd like to shed a light on failure and look to re-brand it as a great opportunity to step outside your comfort zone.

"Failure is an event, not a person. Yesterday ended last night" - Zig Ziglar

What is failure then?

Failure is really a construct we've created or manufactured in our heads. It is an artificial concept that has been drummed into us in school. If you got less than 50% (in most cases) on a test then we have "failed", if we don't get the number of that guy or girl we've "failed" or if we don't get people to buy our product or service then we're a "failure". Sure we're not into delusion about being able to continue to follow a path that is not working however this is in Money Glee's opinion not "failure" it is simply feedback & gives you the opportunity to understand and ask questions on how to improve. This will be completely your choice though & if you read the post on focusyou'll be able to see a trick you can implement to help you with overcoming "failure".

Remember those days when you didn't have "failure" in your vocabulary? You were more concerned about playing with the leaves or catch with your parents.

Remember those days when you didn't have "failure" in your vocabulary? You were more concerned about playing with the leaves or catch with your parents.

A story on failure

You may wonder what has motivated this post on failure. A few weeks ago there was a conversation with a few managers as part of a review that I have every couple of months. Communication skills have been an area of development and focus for me over the past 2 years. It was mentioned that these skills still weren't quite up to scratch and the types of questions being asked weren't great. It felt damn uncomfortable and a previous version of myself would have felt rejected, defensive and like a "failure". Flipping around around another way though, it is a beautiful opportunity to keep learning, developing and growing as a person. It is a journey rather than a destination and rather than throwing the towel in the ring, I felt motivated and grateful to have the chance to keep improving.

This can be the case with anything in our lives be they finances, relationships, health, communication. You generally have the opportunity to change most of these & if not please reach out & hopefully we can assist you with your mindset or to help you to take action.

What are some areas that you have been rejected in or "failed"?

Are you afraid of failure & if so why?

How can we help you overcome failure? Imagine what it would feel like if you couldn't fail!

Thanks for reading here & learn to approach the way we learn from a curious mindset. Remember to live your Money Glee!