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If that headline grabbed your attention, you may be disappointed when I explain that the “F” word is FAILURE. (LOL!)

While failure has terribly negative connotations, for most of us, at some point, it is inevitable. As a serial entrepreneur, I will be the first one to admit that I have failed a number of times. I won’t tell you that it was ever a joyful experience, nor will I say that I didn’t feel depressed at the time. However, long ago, I learned that failure can be a great catalyst for growth if you force yourself to view it with a positive spin. You need to dissect exactly why you failed, and often, you may realize that had you done things just slightly differently, you might have succeeded.

I often begin a coaching relationship with someone who has recently experienced a major setback and may be feeling as if they are a failure. As we talk about what might have happened and how we could potentially alter the results, it can be a real deal changer, and even life changing.

Thomas Edison once said, “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

Remember why you attempted to do something in the first place. You must have thought it was a promising idea when you began. You might have just missed a step along the way. Let’s take the time to retrace your steps and together, let’s see if we can achieve a different outcome, called success.

— Stephen