Here's one point of view that can lead you to take on a double mindset: if you actively seek rejection, you learn, adapt, and get so much closer to your goal.
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Before you click away, think about it for a moment: Entrepreneurs are innovators: they defy conventional wisdom to find ways to improve and challenge assumptions to approach a particular industry or need from a unique perspective. You live at the intersection of innovation and practicality. For them, failure is a necessity in order to be successful.
So maybe it's worth aiming for the "teachable moments" of failure because they will help you achieve that innovation.
Two Michigan entrepreneurs recently explored this idea. As a result, they've taken the embrace of failure to the next level: Jordan O'Neil and Jonathan Williams co-founded the Failure Lab, an event that actually encourages attendees to share stories about their greatest failures in their personal, academic realm and professional life. The two men emphasize that the event is not just about comparing mistakes – it is an exercise to learn from them and become more resilient after them.
Every mistake an entrepreneur encounters is a lesson. It's a learning experience to grow and succeed on the next try – and the next try. Accepting mistakes as a critical element of doing business is vital for entrepreneurs on the path to success. Here are the steps you need to take along the way:
Actively look for rejection.
I am a consultant for multiple companies and co-entrepreneurs. Working with entrepreneurs is one of my passions and as an active angel investor, I speak regularly to start-up entrepreneurs and founders. In short, I've seen a lot of people, including myself, fail.
But that's not a bad thing: when we are rejected, we have taken action to move closer to our goal and can learn and adapt. Consider this acronym “Fail”: frequent adaptation inspires learning. It's about changing your perspective and how you see mistakes.
In his book Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman, whose work in cognitive neuroscience and rationality earned him the Nobel Prize in Economics, unraveled human thinking. He described the many "cognitive prejudices" that people live with; He highlighted how our brain tries to reduce complexities into familiar, simplistic alternatives. While this thought pattern can be helpful to someone performing a daily routine, it can stifle innovation. When it comes to entrepreneurship, there must be a willingness to experiment.
In other words, failure helps inform the thought process behind the experimentation. Sometimes the only way to know how an idea works is to try it out. If it doesn't work, that result signals that it is time for a fresh approach.
Approach failure like a lesson.
Success requires the ability to execute. In most cases, the actions required of an entrepreneur make rejection an unequivocal possibility. There's room for failure everywhere, from learning something new to selling products to applying for venture capital, taking out a business loan – and even telling friends and family about a new idea. However, next time you meet or have an experience that may be going downhill, keep in mind the following benefits that you can get from being rejected: