We all encounter failures in our lives. But only when you choose to learn from your failures can it really turn you into a better person. It’s also no different when we take on new projects at work or start looking for new jobs.

No matter how young or experienced you are, you will still encounter failures along the way. You can avoid making the same mistakes by taking your time to carefully prepare for your next project or job hunt.

Here are things that you could do to prepare before applying for a new job or taking on new tasks at work:

  1. Self-Assessment. Know your strengths and weaknesses. Be willing to learn new things in order to cope with the unique challenges of your job or projects.
  2. Know the Product or Service. Find everything there is to know about the product or service that you will handle. It will also greatly help if you learn more about the history or background of the product or service so you can have a better understanding of it.
  3. Upskill. Learn new and better ways to perform your job. Don’t be afraid to attend crash course trainings, seminars or workshops that can help you learn a new skill or enhance your existing one.
  4. Be Receptive with Constructive Feedback. Listen to the right people; they are your mentors, superiors or trainers. They know what’s right for you. Recognise it and listen to them when they give you pointers that can help you improve.
  5. Find a mentor. It’s never easy to find a person who can guide you and show you the right way. So when a superior or a friend/relative, who has significant experience in the same field like yours, offers to help you out and teach you how things work, accept it. Be grateful and learn as much as you can from that person.

Failure to prepare is a guarantee of failing. The hardest part of failing is learning how to accept it. When you learn how to accept your shortcomings, you start giving yourself some room to learn and avoid committing the same mistakes. Accepting your failures is the key in order for you to grow as a person.

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