How to Learn from Failure: 3 Tips

There is tremendous value in failure if you focus on learning from them. I hear a lot of talk these days about people and even organization embracing and loving failure. Without context, however, the idea leaves us in a strange limbo between the let down and the next steps. Today’s post is mostly about how to process failure so that this space feels more like transition rather than confusion and can be adapted for personal or professional use.

  1. Write down everything that went wrong. This will help you with honesty and accountability for the next steps, but only if you put every possible point of failure down. Carefully consider everything. It will hurt, but it’s necessary.

  2. Keep all the information from your failures in one digital space that all stakeholders can access. This will ensure that everyone understands the failures to the same degree.

  3. Plan your changes to address all your failings. Depending on the problems, your implementation can be separated into several parts. It is rarely advisable to change everything at once unless you’re wiping the slate clean.

In today’s world of constant measuring we tend to only look at traditional success indicators, which will only give us a narrow view of how we’re actually doing. For a more comprehensive view, study your failures to stay hungry and ahead of the pack.