Use the experience to your benefit. Not everyone is so fortunate. Some people go through their entire lives not failing at all–or, at least, avoiding failure as much as possible. But what this leads to is a boring life of mediocrity and complacency.
It is only through the failure journey that you learn who you are.
Next time you fail, try this.
Realize that failing is subjective–but the meaning you create afterwards is ALSO subjective.
You don’t have to let failure ruin your day, month, or year. You can learn something from it. If you approach failure with endless curiosity, you can create endless meaning. This is a process that gets easier the more you do it.
Know that you are in good company. The most ambitious people fail all of the time.
Everyone has to start somewhere. Do you think the best orators stood up one day and gave a first perfect, magical speech? Of course not.
Fail forward, my friend.
Failing doesn’t mean that you are transported back in time, although it might feel like that at times. Every time you fail, you do so with increased knowledge. You are not the same person with each passing failure. You have more self-awareness. You are wiser and stronger. Remember that.