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Recently, my six-year old daughter brought home from school a note in her backpack. It said, "Discuss what we learned about a beautiful oops with someone at home tonight."
I brought the note over to my daughter and hit pause on her Ipad game. After some initial panic subsided about her Ipad being shut down, she explained to me that a beautiful oops is when you make a mistake and then can turn it into something good.
Wow! How insightful of that teacher to be teaching children at such a young age that failure is beautiful. Most adults I know cringe at the thought of 'messing up.' But when you think about it, why do we feel that way?
We all fail, in fact quite regularly, too. And the more successful you are, chances are the more you have experienced failure. It should feel as common as putting our pants on each morning, yet it is often laced with feelings of shame, embarrassment, sadness, frustration and sometimes even makes us question our own self worth.
Take a look at my article below on what I have learned about failure and ways to help you take the sting out of it when it does happen to you.
Enjoy the ride!
Chief Engagement Officer
How to Take the Sting Out of Failure
I am no stranger to failure. I think it is impossible to be a parent, an executive or business leader, and not get to know failure on a first-name basis. I have been fortunate to also experience many great successes, but this road is not paved all in gold. The path to a good life and good career has pot holes and some twists and turns along the way.
I would like to say through my time spent with failure that I have learned to embrace it. But the truth is, I still don't like to fail. But, with experience and an open mind, I have gained some insights into it and myself that help take the sting out of it.
In my work, as an Executive Coach, I see the fear of failure pop up time and time again for my clients who are brilliant, beautiful, and already working at a high level. Yet, deep inside, many people are fearing something will go wrong or that they won't be liked or good enough or that failure will wipe out any of the other good work they've accomplished.
Read on for my Top 5 Tips on How to Take the Sting Out of Failure.
Today's Thought: "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." Winston Churchill
Carey-Ann Oestreicher (pronounced O-striker), Chief Engagement Officer for Potential Unlimited, works with individuals and companies to help them reach their full potential.
Nominated as one of Canada's Most Powerful 100 Women, Carey-Ann has held a variety of senior positions including vice-president level and she has worked in industries such as: financial services, automotive and transportation, publishing, cosmetics and fashion.
Carey-Ann's media appearances include CTV's Canada AM, Global TV's Survivor series, CBC NewsWorld, TSN. She has also been quoted in numerous publications such as The Globe and Mail, Chatelaine and Canadian Business magazines.