Learn More from Failure, Learn It Faster...and Use Those Lessons to Achieve Breakthrough Success!
We all fail. And we all want to learn from our failures. But learning from failure doesn’t happen automatically. It requires very specific emotional and rational skills. You can learn those skills—from this book. Drawing on leading-edge research with hundreds of failing and successful entrepreneurs, Dr. Dean A. Shepherd offers powerful strategies for managing the emotions generated by failure—so failure becomes less devastating, learning happens faster, and you grow as much as possible from the experience. Shepherd shows how to clarify why you failed, so you can walk away with insights you can actually use...how to eliminate “secondary” stresses that aggravate failure or make it more likely...how to master the self-compassion you deserve in times of trouble...and a whole lot more. Failing will never be easy or desirable. But this book will make it less catastrophic, and more instructive—so you can get back to success and get there fast.
- Mourn your failure faster, so you can learn from it sooner
Learn how to “undo” your emotional ties to failure
- Grow from the experience of failure
Absorb the lessons that don’t fit with your preconceptions
- Discover when to “pull the plug” on a failure in progress
Know when to move on, so failure won’t last longer or feel worse than it has to
- Stay committed to excellence, no matter what
Keep focused on success, even in environments where multiple failures are commonplace
Table of Contents
About the Author xiii
Chapter 1 Managing Emotions to Learn from Failure 3
Chapter 2 Strategies to Learn More from Your Failures 13
Chapter 3 When to “Pull the Plug” to Maximize Personal Growth 49
Chapter 4 Self-Compassion to Learn from Failure 83
Chapter 5 Emotional Intelligence, Support, and Learning from Failure 119
Chapter 6 Preparing for Multiple Failures 151
Chapter 7 Reflections on “Learning from Failure” 187
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