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"Only those who dare to fail greatly can achieve greatly" —Robert F. Kennedy

Life is filled with different activities; it's a roller coaster, which means you will sometimes experience happiness and sometimes sadness. Once you venture into whatever career you desire, you should expect success and failure. It's okay to be afraid of failure, that's a human instinct, but at the same time, you will need to change the failure perspective; rather than thinking it's an unfortunate event, regard it as the key to success because, as Robert F. Kennedy said, "only those who dare to fail greatly can achieve great things."

How to overcome failure and learn from mistakes

No one is immune to mistakes, but once you carry yourself and learn from your mistakes, you will likely succeed. Let's examine how you can overcome failure and learn from your mistakes.

Own your mistake

If you don't believe or accept your mistake, you will never learn from it. Take a deep breath and admit to your error; this can happen in your workplace, home, or anywhere you may find yourself. Notify the necessary people that you made a mistake and you are working towards finding a solution. Don't let them discover the mistakes themselves or learn from other people because it will hurt your reputation.

Reframe the error

The kind of perspective you look at your mistake determines the ways you will solve it. Once you admit to these mistakes, start looking for ways you will prevent them from happening again. For example, if it has to do with some process of achieving something, review the previous steps you took to understand where the mistake is and think of ways you can make the entire process better.

Put the lesson you learned into practice

Once you identify the areas you made mistakes and the kind of solution you find, then instantly put the solution into practice. Identify the tools, skills, knowledge, or resources you will need to use to prevent the same mistake from occurring. If this mistake is due to personal actions, for example, forgetfulness or failure to pay great attention to details, you can look for something that will aid you in remembering, such as digital alarms and more. If the mistake is because of your cross-cultural misunderstanding, you will need to sharpen your communication skills.

Review your progress

Sometimes, you must practice different solutions before you find one that perfectly solves the problem. In this case, you may need to use a plan to check the act, which will help you identify the most effective solutions among the ones you tried. You can also ask someone to hold you accountable to maintain your commitment to the solution.


In conclusion, understand that a smart person is someone that accepts their mistakes and also learns from their failures so they may never commit such errors again. When you fail to learn from your mistakes, you are likely to repeat them, and this can inflict stress on yourself and others.

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