I'll admit it - I have failed before, repeatedly.
I was rejected from potential employers more times than I could remember, by people telling me I'm over-qualified, or under-qualified, and sometimes, both at the same time.
All these nays and rejections made me ashamed of myself. I felt like my life was a lie and all the skills I once believed I had meant nothing. I believed I did not deserve a single chance in the work place.
But I knew, deep down, that it wasn't true, and that I had to stop feeling sorry for myself. I knew, there was no way but up and up I got.
Fast-forward a few years to the present - I work in the recruitment industry and I see so many individuals, trying to regain their self-worth through their jobs. You can't help it but have your heart break a little for them.
This article may be salt on your fresh wound, if you're hurting and recovering from a career failure, but it does ring some truth:
- Don't let a failure break you
- Revisit your failure with new eyes
- Learn from those who survived
- Remember acceptance is key
And even though it sounds absolutely stupid and impossible to believe, I still say it to those who have experienced / are experiencing a career failure:
This feeling of failure will eventually come to an end and you'll triumph on the day when you can look back and see how this experience has made you a much, much stronger person.
Accepting your failure doesn’t mean being proud of it, cursing the universe for your “bad luck,” or admitting to yourself that you suck and should give up. True acceptance is understanding that you hit a roadblock and now need to figure a way around it—by shaking off the negative feedback, absorbing constructive criticism, and plowing ahead in an innovative, exciting way.