How to bounce back from failure

I’m subscribed to emails from Invision blog because of the startup I’m working on (four more months till launch, eek!). I skim through them to find relevant articles whenever I can.

It’s funny when you read business related material & end up applying the advice to your personal life.

That’s the case for this article by Dennis Field. I’ve summed up my fave parts:

Over the last few years, I’ve found myself stretched all over the place. Individual projects, strategic sessions with clients, launching my own startups, writing a book, launching workshops—there have been lots of ups and downs.

Overall though, it’s been a blast. I’ve had some successes, and I’ve had some failures. Through all those experiences I’ve learned that the only thing I can control is how I bounce back from the bad experiences.

“Failure hurts, but you have to bounce back.”

I’m never worried about the good experiences. That’s fuel to keep moving.

Anyone with the entrepreneurial and creative bug always wants to push themselves. It’s the ability to imagine success that keeps us on this crazy journey. At almost any given time, we can imagine what a successful concept, web studio, and startup might look like. We strive for what we can see.

But sometimes that imagination can get us in trouble—it can distort our reality. The reality is that things always get in the way of what we envision, and how we approach and work through those obstacles makes the difference in where we end up and how fast we might get there.

We have to believe. When it does work, it’s great! When it fails, it hurts—but we have to bounce back.

I tend to bounce back fairly quickly. Here’s what I do to ensure that I move past obstacles:

1. Step back

This one is easy. The first thing I do when something doesn’t go as I envisioned is to step away from it for a day or two, then regroup with a clear mind.

2. Accept failure

“The faster you accept failure, the faster you can move forward.”

3. Talk it out with those you trust

Just like life, business can throw blows. It’s important that I have people I trust in the wings for moments like this.

I love to talk through my failures with trusted sources. I’ll ask them what they would have done differently and try to get their perspective on the whole situation. I generally leave these meetings feeling confident about my new plan.

4. Learn from it

Along with what may not have worked, I’ll also determine what did work. I set myself up to learn something from the experience that I can utilize later on.

5. Get back to what you’re good at

I simply get back to doing what I know works. When I focus back on my strengths or my successful projects, I quickly regain confidence in myself. That shot of adrenaline propels me to dust myself off and to try something crazy again.

A final note

Whatever your scenario is, don’t take it too personally.

If being a designer were easy, everyone would be doing it. You have to be able to bounce back fast so that you can keep moving forward. The easiest way to do that is to realize you may have let your imagination trick you into thinking it would be easier than it was. Then you get back to doing what you know you’re good at so you can regain some momentum and confidence.

Stay curious,


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