You don’t have to always learn the hard way but people seldom forget the lesson when they do.
Failure sucks, but it instructs. While missing the mark never feels good, failure is one of your best teachers when it comes to life and career advancement.
Once you’re able to move past the pain of failure you can see failure as an opportunity to learn and grow. That’s when you’ll be able to forge forward in your career with more perspective and greater strength. In the long run, this can help you advance and achieve in bigger and better ways.
Here are five ways failure can help your career:
1. Consider new opportunities.
As the adage goes, when one door closes, another opens. When you fail, it may be an opportunity in disguise.
Sometimes, you get so lost in the daily shuffle that it’s easy to forget what is motivating you in your career, or what you’re really working toward. Following a failure is the perfect time to take stock of where you are in your career and to consider your ultimate goals. If you’re not working in the direction you truly want to go, this failure can have the silver lining of helping you seek out new opportunities which may be better aligned with where it is you actually want to go.