If you are interested in experiencing failure on a daily basis, consider a career in sales. You have to get a bunch of “no’s” for every “yes” if you want to succeed.
That’s the premise of a Sandler Training article that is A reprinted here. The sales training company offers the following advice:
If you haven’t failed lately, that’s unfortunate. Because accompanying every failing experience is an opportunity to learn…and to grow. It’s by failing that you learn to ultimately achieve greater levels of success. People who never fail are, for the most part, people who never take chances. Rather than set lofty goals that require them to stretch beyond their comfort zones, they set safe goals—ones they are assured of reaching.
The author of this piece is absolutely correct. Failure is the secret to success. The only way to know victory is to also know defeat. But, you have to risk failing.
Are you willing to take the chance that you might not have the outcome you want? Here’s a secret: you may not think you are in sales role, but if part of your job is to convince anyone of anything or build anything that hasn’t been done before, you are. Your role is to take risks and see what happens.
Failure is the secret to success. Decide to do what you must: fail in order to succeed.