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What You Can’t Learn From Failure

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Is there a mindful approach to failure? You may reject the question on its face. After all, if you were mindful in the first place, wouldn’t you succeed rather than fail? You might if you had perfect knowledge or controlled all the variables, but, of course, none of us do.

Failure is a fact of life. Since it’s ever present, shouldn’t you and your team try to learn from it so you do better next time? That’s where a mindful approach – being aware and intentional – comes in. You’re not going to learn anything from failure itself. You’re only going to learn if you stop to unpack what happened and determine what you need to do different next time.

In my latest post for Fast Company, I interviewed Craig Mullaney about how he learns from failure. Given his resume, Craig may seem to be an unlikely expert on the topic. He currently manages Facebook’s strategic partnerships with global influencers. Before that, he graduated second in his class from West Point, completed Army Ranger School, earned a master’s degree at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, served in combat in Afghanistan, and wrote a New York Times bestseller about his experience, The Unforgiving Minutehttp://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=wwweblingrouc-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0143116878.

Even people with a resume like Craig’s have failure in their life. The difference is how they learn from it. 

Read more at Fast Company.

Executive coach Scott Eblin’s goal is to help you succeed at the next level of leadership. Throughout the week, he’ll offer his take on the leadership lessons in the news and his advice on your most pressing leadership questions. A former government executive, Scott is a graduate of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and is the author of The Next Level: What Insiders Know About Executive Success.

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