When Success Leads to Failure

By Tonny Wandella

While failure and success are natural elements of your private and professional relationships. Identifying the emotions associated with each is a vital step toward developing emotional intelligence.

Plus the capacity to recognise the consequences of success and failure. Your own ideas of success and failure are likely to vary as you age in life and in your profession. Depending on your aims and job objectives, you may encounter both failures and achievements.

People can be jeopardised if they limit their interpretation of a situation to previous triumphs, fail to incorporate fresh evidence or lose their sense of humility. The far more effective leaders see their roles as chances to constantly learn, to accept each scenario on its own terms, and to be open to new ideas. The best learning will come from a modest mindset.

There’s nothing wrong with congratulating your accomplishment. However, if you stop at the clinking of champagne glasses, you will have wasted a tremendous chance. When a victory is won, the organisation must analyse the circumstances that led to it with the same thoroughness and attention that it applies to determining the causes of defeat.

The danger is that once an individual discovers a successful formula, rigidity sets in. We all like to believe we are capable of change, but when profits are coming in and everyone is content, maintaining the same appears to be a lot more profitable. The paradox of disruption is that it happens to triumphs rather than failures.

Failure may feel uncomfortable or appear to be a personal or professional setback, but it can actually help you achieve by providing possibilities for growth and retrying. While it can be difficult, failure in the workplace is often unavoidable, whether it manifests as a missed deadline,  or an interview that ends without a job offer. Accepting and appreciating failure might help you use it as a learning opportunity that can lead to future achievement.

To avoid the trap of success breeding failure, you must first grasp how experience moulds learning. Of course, learning is a highly complicated cognitive and organisational process, for which several models have been devised.

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