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How to Deal With Failure in Your Career

Life is never an easy ride. At some point or another, we have to deal with failures. Be it in our education, career, relationships, or any other walk of life. While it is very easy to give in to the grief and self-doubt, you need to keep calm and accept it gracefully.

If you have recently experienced a failure in your career, here are some tips to help you deal with it in a positive manner: 

Remember That It Is Not Personal

One failure does not mean that you do not have the potential to be successful. Do not let one setback bring down your confidence in yourself. Avoid blaming your personality and characteristics for the letdown. An important part of it is to acknowledge that you made a mistake and own up to it. Try to separate the failure from your identity and focus on how to make sure it never happens.

Surround Yourself with Supportive People

A small obstruction in your career can end up making you emotionally vulnerable. This is why it is important to keep yourself distracted during the first few days. Spend time with your family and friends who support you personally and professionally. Sometimes we tend to be too critical of ourselves right after a mistake, and having supportive people around ensures we do not lose faith in ourselves. It will help you boost your confidence and also keep the negative thoughts away.

Realize That It Is Only Temporary

Almost everyone has been through a low point in their career. The most important thing to remember is that no setback is too big to recover from. Talk to people who have experienced setbacks and find out how they overcame their failures. Find motivation in their stories and learn how to turn your distress into a positive force. Many more opportunities will come your way in the future and you should work towards making the most of those. The best way to move over a failure is by achieving an even bigger success.

Take Your Time But Bounce Back

It is okay to feel sad about a recent failure or setback in your career. But it should not prevent you from looking forward. Dwelling for long only makes you feel more helpless and depressed. Give your mind some time to relax and unwind the stress it has been through. A small break will help you clear your head and find a clear perspective to move ahead.

Do Not Get Affected By Others’ Opinions

Often we take our failures too seriously because we are afraid of being judged by people. The fear of embarrassment and losing the respect in social circles impact your mental state more than the frustration of failure. You need to understand that what others think about your abilities and skills is not necessarily true. Focusing on how other people perceive your setback will only decrease your confidence in your talent and passion to succeed. Remember, it is your opinion of you that matters the most!

Evaluate the Reason behind the Failure

Once you have given yourself enough time to get over the situation, you should focus on learning from that experience. Evaluate the entire flow of events critically and identify the moves that went wrong. Establish the need for further learning, if any, and mitigate the shortcomings in your professional expertise that could have been the reason for the setback. Discuss the scope of improvement with your mentors and seniors to make sure you do not repeat the same things in future.

Do Not Compromise on Your Goals

When you’ve recently experienced a setback, it is easy to lose sight of what is important for you. Many people consider a failure as the end of their professional career and get totally disconnected from what they want to achieve. Avoid taking any rash decisions about switching jobs or taking up projects which are not suited for your skills. If you compromise with your values and goals, you will regret it more than the distress you are feeling at the moment.

Keep Yourself Healthy

Physical and mental fitness take a serious hit when you are disturbed and disappointed by what went wrong in your career. This is why it is very important to take care of your health and well-being even when you cannot find a way out of the situation.

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Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is chief executive and editorial director of The CEOWORLD magazine, overseeing the organization’s news and features departments.

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Dr. Amarendra holds a Ph.D. in Finance and Banking from the European Global School in France; a Doctoral Degree in Chartered Accountancy from the European International University Paris; and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Kyiv National University of Technologies and Design (KNUTD), Ukraine.

He earned his Master of Business Administration degree in Finance and his Master's Degree In Chartered Accountancy (CA) from European Global School Paris. Dr. Amarendra also holds a Master of Business Administration degree in International Relations and Affairs from the American University of Athens, Alabama, United States. Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is a macro-economist and visiting professor at Kyiv National University of Technologies and Design (KNUTD), Ukraine.

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