Falling Short

picStarting from age 6, we’re put in school and taught a plethora of things, from arithmetic to language; things that are supposed to lead us to a successful future. However, what we were never taught is what to do and how to react when success doesn’t come our way. This can mean not getting that grade you desperately need for some graduate program, applying to a handful of jobs and not securing any, and so forth.

I think knowing how to deal with the absence of success (note my deliberate avoidance of the word failure) in a positive way is a vital skill for moving forward, and reaching your career goals. By no means am I an expert advice giver on this topic, but I feel I have come a long way from my old Netflix-binge-watching-with-a-tub-of-ice-cream approach to dealing with falling short .

I feel the most important approach is looking on the bright side. Didn’t get any interviews after writing a billion cover letters? Didn’t secure that job after what you felt like was a brilliant interview? Treat those experiences as practice. Just like how you need to practice an instrument to get better and to do practice questions before a final exam, treat unsuccessful attempts as practice for future job applications.

Next, try to find reasons why you didn’t get that interview or job. Not enough experiences? Poor wording?Ill-prepared interview? Take note and try to improve on the areas that need work.

Finally, forget about past unsuccessful tries, and send in your new applications with a confident mindset!

 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.”

Isaiah 43:18-20


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