From the presentation that bombed, or the intricately planned project that wouldn't deliver, to the client you just could not win over or the barrier you just could not overcome.
You failures don't define you, they make you. The presentation that bombed taught me how to prepare, deliver and adapt in the moment.
The intricately planned project showed me that simplicity and flexibility are often key - not just the plan.
The client I just couldn't deliver allowed me to see the importance collaboration and listening and;
The barriers I could never overcome taught me that when a door is closed, there's always another door.
Dan Pink wrote of the "failure resume". A process of cataloguing your failure and looking for the lesson, the insight, the wisdom you drew from each one.
As Thomas Edison once said, “I have not failed 10,000 times—I've successfully found 10,000 ways that will not work.”
So what have been your failures, how have they taught you and helped you move forward - better and stronger than before?