5 Ways to Turn Disappointments into Success
"The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream; and how you handle disappointment along the way - Robert Kiyosaki
Disappointments are something everyone comes across at some point of time. We can get disappointed from a variety of reasons or people. Be it personal life or professional life, there are always disappointments round the corner.
The good thing is that disappointments are not the end of life, rather a stepping stone to success. In fact, one can easily turn disappointments into success. Remember, nobody has ever succeeded without facing disappointments.
Five Ways to Turn Disappointments into Success
1. Work on Reasons rather than Feeling Disappointed
Instead of feeling disappointed and dejected, think about how you could have been different to earn a more positive end result. Note down the points you could have learned from the same and work your way towards the same. It is important not to delve into the disappointment part, instead, work on the takeaways. In the long run, the disappointment will be a stepping stone to the success that ensues.
2. Don’t Take It Personally
Respect the work you’ve put, but also respect the things that happen naturally. Taking a disappointment personally will never be useful. It’s best to treat it as a mere event in life. If you take it as a mere event and focus on the takeaways, you’ll gain from the disappointment. If you take it personally, you’re likely to waste much of your quality time and earn more disappointments.
3. Learn about the Successful Failures
It may sound like an oxymoron but the world is filled with such people who have made big names after having countless failures and disappointments. Think about them, if Steve Jobs had given up after disappointments, the world would have been poorer. If J K Rowling hadn’t approached one more publisher after her umpteenth failure and been sad with disappointment, there would have been no Harry Potter.
Michael Jordan, Roger Federer, and Sachin Tendulkar- all successful sportspeople also had to face heavy disappointments. The truth is that they refuse to take it as a disappointment and consider only the positive outcomes.
4. Look for the Hidden Opportunity
There’s always a silver lining in the dark clouds. You just need to wait and look for it. Look for the opportunity that has presented itself as an outcome of the failure. Perhaps, you could learn a new personal or professional skill, add a new feature to your product, relearn about your competition, things you had earlier missed but got highlighted.
5. Focus on the Process
Sometimes, disappointments may just be a part of the overall method and all you need to do is be patient and continue on your path. Don’t get dejected, just learn to move on.