• Angel Soto

5 Ways You Can Make the Most Out of Failure



It’s been said that only two things are certain in life: death and taxes. I’d like to add another one to the list: rejection. No matter who you are and what life you live, there will be instances in your life when you experience rejection.


Nobody likes to be rejected. It sucks to be told you were good, just not good enough, and you may hear this from teammates, coaches, your parents. It’s confusing and frustrating, and it can make you want to scream. But more often than not, being rejected can be the start of something brilliant.


Here are five ways you can make sure you make the most out of your difficult experiences and come out at the other end stronger:


1. Take five

When you get bad news or hear negative feedback, most of us can’t help but fall into a sullen mood. Rather than fall into the trap of focusing on the negative and being overly self-critical, take five minutes to clear your head of all negativity. Even after five minutes of silent meditation, you’ll start to clear your head and realise that everything isn’t really all that bad.


“IF YOU’RE NOT FAILING EVERY NOW AND AGAIN, IT’S A SIGN YOU’RE NOT DOING ANYTHING VERY INNOVATIVE.” – WOODY ALLEN


2. Put things into perspective

Unless you are a heart surgeon or have a job in which you are responsible for the wellbeing of others, nobody will die because of this disappointment or mistake. An opportunity lost is another chance for something new to come down the road. Remember that this is only a momentary pain and won’t last long in the grand scheme of things.


3. Assess what went right

You can nearly always find a positive lesson from even the most negative of circumstances. The hardest part is often escaping the negative mindset that everything must have gone wrong if things didn’t go exactly as planned. In reality, there are an infinite number of variables that could have caused an unsatisfactory outcome. If you manage to put the negative mindset out of your head you can focus on the many things that went right, rather than what went wrong. Always remember to look at