How Should You Feel After Failing?

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Scenario: "Dude, I suck. Ahh!" Two-second quiz for ya on this lovely Sunday: How should badasses respond to failure?
  • (a.) "I'm pathetic."
  • (b.) "I learned something!"
If you answered (b.): Ding! Ding! Ding! You're correct. And, you'd be a better business-builder.

How Responding Positively to Failure Rocks

People who see silver linings to their failures are more likely to chase down their goals and beat them into submission. They become more resilient, take more risks, and become confident crazy badasses that build great businesses. They won't sit around, thinking: "Oooooh. I'm terrible. The world hates me. I'm so pathetic. Blah. Blah. Blah." People who do that, according to University of Washington psychologist Jonathon Brown, overgeneralize "their failure, rating their intelligence and competence more negatively after a poor performance than a successful one." Don't be one of them. After you've failed at something, keep this template handy:

"Oh-my-mutha-gosh. I learned something good!"


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Posted on December 03

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