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Growing from Failure

When people believe their basic qualities can be developed, failures may still hurt, but failures don't define them. And if abilities can be expanded - if change and growth are possible - then there are still many paths to success.

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Growing from Failure
What We're Talking About

The principle we're discussing

In this Spark, you'll understand how "failure" can be an opportunity to learn. How do you handle a long list of edits from your boss (think red pen scribbles—yikes!), or a swift rejection from someone at the bar? Well, if you have what’s called a “growth mindset,” you’ll view these moments as learning experiences. 

Is that hard? Sure.

Are we recommending you tap the person who rejected you on the shoulder and ask why they turned you down? No, of course not (personal space and consent, friends).

What we’re saying is that constructive criticism—and even outright rejection—are not the same as failure. They’re opportunities for growth and change, and they’re staring you right in the face.

Why it Matters

Why this principle is important and matters to you

Learning from your mistakes might not be a blast, but it will make doing your job that much better. And, it shows your colleagues and leaders that you’re willing to receive feedback and learn from others’ perspectives. 

Success at work isn’t just about what you’re able to do on your own—it’s also about what you and your colleagues can do together. People with a growth mindset know that which is why they tend to view rejection or constructive criticism as an opportunity to get better at something. They can learn from their colleagues, and their colleagues can learn from them, too.

How You Can Use It

This provides practical ways to apply learnings from this Spark

Before you start working on a project with a colleague or group, take a moment to talk about what each of you is good at and where you might need support. Then, when the project is done, have a discussion on “lessons learned” as part of your wrap-up. Think about what you learned individually and as a team, as well as how you can apply those learnings to future projects.

Don’t feel like you learned anything? That probably means you’ve been operating in a fixed mindset. (Hey, we’re just being honest.) Reflect on how you might be able to shift your perspective.


An opportunity to reflect on yourself and/or your team and how you can apply these insights

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