Are You Learning from Failure or Letting it Define You?

I spent the morning thinking about job seekers I am working with, job seekers who have been at this for a while. Job seekers who are tired and frustrasuccessfailureted. Job seekers who are seemingly doing everything right and getting no results. I’ve been thinking about what I would say to them next. At this point my continued words of encouragement are probably ringing hollow.

Then I thought about how we have to be sure that success prevails. For our sanity. For our continued ability to keep going. For our future. Success has to prevail.

These job seekers feel like failures. They feel like their job search is one big failure after another. It isn’t. There have definitely been successes along their search even if they didn’t end in jobs. But through the successes and failures, it’s easy to let the failures prevail.

Life is messy. Nor are we perfect. Each and every one of us is a big mix of success and failure every single day.

We get to choose to let success prevail though. And it’s important that we do. Failure is inevitable. Learning from failure is essential, but maybe most important of all is to not let it prevail.

So here’s what I’m going to say next to these job seekers. We have to keep failing forward. We have to keep at it because we desire, no demand, that success prevail. We are going to take all the learning from our failures and turn them into success. It may take longer than we want, but success will prevail.


This post has been republished with permission from Sabrina Baker

Sabrina Baker
Sabrina Baker, PHR is the founder and CEO of Acacia HR Solutions, a human resource outsourcing, consulting and recruiting firm located outside of Chicago, IL. Sabrina was a human resource leader for eleven years before starting her own business in 2011. She serves on the Illinois Society of Human Resources Council board and holds the position of Annual Conference Chair. She is also a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) press team and is a regular contributor to their We Know Next blog. After experiencing her own layoff in 2010, Sabrina became very passionate about helping job seekers find work. Through her business and volunteer efforts she makes helping people find jobs a priority. Sabrina was named one of the Top 100 HR Influencers to follow on Twitter via the Huffington Post in 2013 and one of the Faces of Recruiting and Staffing by HR Marketer in 2014.
Sabrina Baker
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