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 frustrated. 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.