A home business is like most things in life: you can succeed by making mistakes ("failures"), learning from them, and taking appropriate corrective action. This article by guest author Daegan Smith (edited for this site's audience) provides tips on how to do that and come out way ahead!
Thomas Alva Edison failed thousands of times before he was able to invent the electric light bulb. Laurence Peter was rejected by more than 20 publishers for his book, "The Peter Principle," before it became a best-seller. Abraham Lincoln failed the bar exam, failed in several business ventures, and failed in six major elections before he was eventually elected president.
The truth is, all the great people mentioned above failed... but they were not failures. Their actions may not have initially resulted in the goals they set, but they achieved their goals in the end. This did not reflect on them personally and they didn't let their failures defeat their spirits. In fact, they used those "failed moments" to propel them to great success.
The same can be said about any endeavor we undertake. For instance, consider how this applies to a home business. Have you started a home business and are having difficulties - perhaps even failing in some areas? Failure can be very beneficial - if you learn from it.
POSITIVE ASPECTS OF FAILURE
Many people don't realize that "failure" in itself is not really a bad thing. In fact, most of those people who have found success - whether in their business or personal lives - went through a series of failures. However, they did not see those experiences as a bane but as a boon. They learned from their mistakes, from their failures, and they used these lessons to try and try again until they attained success. Here are some positive aspects of failure:
Failure can actually mean that you are broadening your goals and undertaking fresh challenges.
In business, as in life, we all encounter various set-backs and challenges. How you respond to the challenges is what makes the difference in how well you can turn them into a positive - like momentum to move forward. Do you welcome such changes and challenges and see how you can improve your life through these? Or do you merely sulk and not respond because you are already comfortable with the status quo, you do not want to take any risk, or you are tired of dealing with issues?
That's exactly the point. People who take the challenge face the risk of failure, but they also accept the opportunity to succeed. Indeed, not failing may mean that you refuse to aim high and broaden your goals. You content yourself with setting "low goals" because you are afraid of failure. In the end, the irony of it all is that you may be failing even more because you have already lost the chance of success when you chose to do nothing about it.
Failure can be a good test of persistence and perseverance.
How far are you willing to go? How much are you willing to take?
Truly, it is much, much easier to quit when you fail. However, a person who has the makings of a true successful person will persevere. He will use whatever lessons he has learned from past mistakes and actually turn his failure into success.
Is your business failing? Don't quit. If you do, you actually admit defeat and you are already accepting that you are a failure.
Do not look at failure as something to shun or be afraid of. Instead, look at it as an opportunity -- to learn, to grow, to aspire for more. Consider failure as a significant part of your life, because life demands that we act, participate, move. And in so doing, we take the risk of failing. But this only proves that we are actually doing our share.
Now that you are aware of the positive aspects of failing, you are ready to apply these in your business or your personal life. Here are some ways to transform that failure into success:
1) Fail honestly. Sincerely acknowledge that you failed - in that particular endeavor, for that time. However, make sure that you are not accepting defeat and you are not looking at yourself as a failure.
2) Fail intelligently. Take advantage of a failed endeavor. Evaluate the experience. Analyze what went wrong. Learn from such experience.
3) Fail courageously. Do not use such failure as an alibi for quitting. Instead, extract more courage from such failed endeavor and be ready to try again, to make things better the next time.
THE KEY TO UNLOCK YOUR SUCCESS
There are numerous reasons why endeavors, such as home businesses, fail. As discussed earlier, we have the power to turn failure into success. Take note, however, that we can allow failure to do two things - to lock the door towards our success or to serve as a key to open the door and lead us to our success. Will you allow failure to lock that precious door? Or will you use it to unlock and open the very same door that it had locked? Here are some of those factors:
Truly, only a handful of people succeed easily with their home business. Oftentimes, success is the sweet fruit that you reap after toiling with failure. It can be the key to your success. Yes, we all experience failure in our lives. But the question is: Do we use failure to make us better? Or do we just choose to be bitter?
Daegan Smith is the leader of the fastest growing team of successful home business entrepreneurs on the net. Find out how we're creating financial freedom all across the globe at http://www.adminder.com
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