Learning from Mistakes…
Every cloud has a silver lining – and so does every mistake.
It’s a bit cliché to say that mistakes are learning opportunities, but the
fact that it’s a common saying doesn’t make it untrue.
Just like failure, mistakes show us who we are. We all make them.
It’s what you do with them that marks the difference between
success and failure.
It is not always mistakes that can cause your business start up to fail
When start-ups fail, it can be for any one of several reasons.
Here are some of the most common:
Not focusing on customers and solving their problems
Lack of focus
Scaling too quickly
If you focus on customers and the problems that they solving
you’ll be halfway to success because you won’t be thinking about
yourself, you’ll be thinking about your audience.
Focus problems happen when you try to do too many things at
once. Simplifying goals on focusing on one product or idea will
help keep your eyes on the prize.
Scaling is something that can send any entrepreneur into a
tailspin. Allow your business to grow organically and scale only
when you’re ready.
When mistakes are made they can be re framed as opportunities….
Nobody likes making mistakes. It’s no fun to be wrong. But every
successful entrepreneur needs to get comfortable with it – and
learn to see mistakes as opportunities.
What happens when you mess up? If you pay attention, you can
learn something! Everything you learn now will help you with your
When you make a mistake, take a deep breath and ask:
What can I learn from this?
Then, once you’ve identified it, use the lesson to create your next
opportunity. Once you get in the habit of doing it, it’ll be easy.
Tightening Your Goals
When you don’t achieve a goal, it’s easy to feel disheartened,however, often, it’s just a sign that your goal was too big.
If you’ve ever made a to-do list, you may have noticed how
gratifying it is to cross out the items on it. Some people even put simple things on their lists because they know they’ll be able to complete them quickly.
When you set goals for yourself, take every long-term goal and
break it down into the smallest possible steps. Focus on what you
want and narrow your goals to help you achieve it. You’ll be far
more likely to get where you want to go if you have tight,
How to Find the Lessons in Experiences…..
Everything you experience is a lesson. When you make a mistake
or fail, it’s natural to be upset.
Take time to be upset. But then, step back. Ask what you did
wrong, and what you would do differently next time.
If you lack information, go find it. Read, study, talk to other
people in your industry – and then take what you’ve learned to
heart and use it in the future.
One of the best ways to refine your goals and fine-tune your
products is with split testing. Split testing involves taking content
or an ad campaign and testing different versions until you get the
The key to split testing is testing only one element at a time. Not
satisfied with your Facebook ad? Test two different headlines,
choose the one that performs better, and then split test your call to action.
Creating Your Plan B
It’s always a good idea to have a Plan B. If your first idea doesn’t
work, what will you try next?
There’s no shame in having a back-up plan. In fact, part of the
reason that successful people become successful is that they have a back up plan to fall back on.