In a society that is constantly placing overwhelming demands on the individual, it is crucial to maintain composure and allow the term “failure”, as well as its connotation, to become obsolete. Every ‘downfall’ may threaten our even keel, but in all reality failure can serves as a stepping-stone toward various successes that you will experience in your life, and every mistake is only a force that will ultimately propel you forward while carrying evolved insight. The first step is acknowledging that in order for anything to work, there has to be some type of mistake, whether it is that of your own, or someone who attempted the same endeavor. Trial and error didn’t formulate because everyone was perfect within the first attempt.
Through my experiences on both a personal and professional level, I’ve learned that with every misstep comes a heightened knowledge and an opportunity to wage forward with both eyes open. In order to be successful, you need to keep in mind that success comes from finding solutions to a problem; and more often than not, that solution is hard to find. The path to getting there will contain mistakes. But as with all mistakes, there will always be a lesson learned.
While working with investors, a rookie mistake is walking in without a media deck explaining different sponsorships, so next time, you walk in with a media deck that takes the client from point A to point B generating a revenue model. Another mistake would be walking into an investor meeting with all the correct materials and a solid business proposal, but not knowing who specifically you’re meeting with; next time you walk in knowing who each individual is and their favorite color. Each mistake allows for an opportunity, which you can capitalize on to grow your reputation as a professional. This you to reap all possible benefits and expand within your specific target market.
Walk away from each meeting having learned something new and jot those down into a notebook after you leave. Give yourself the space to recognize any mistake that you may have made and turn it into a positive experience by asking yourself, “what can I do better next time?” That’s right, next time, because of course, there will always be a next time, and because of your mistake, you will always be that much better prepared to handle anything that comes your way.