Learning from a problem breaks the cycle of repeated failures and can help you chart a new better life course
“People often think of failure as not hitting a very specific mark (state champion, management consultant, etc.). I've always been of the mentality that I'll shoot for the stars and if I miss, I'll still be in outer space. Life isn't a cleanly defined, linear experience. Success will look very different for different people. I think we should look at life's experiences as learning milestones and a series of pivots. I'm very happy with where I am today. If I had "succeeded" at some of the goals I listed above, I might not be where I am today. But I'm happier now than I would have been in another position. So really, I "succeeded" by failing at my other goals. Life's really what you make it. What is the most important thing you’ve learned from failure? Failure is the greatest teacher, and not because you need to get slammed really hard to learn. It's the greatest teacher because it shows that YOU were willing to put yourself out there and shoot for something audacious. You learned a lot more from that than you would have with a smaller goal in a sterile environment.”
I believe successful people learn knowledge, skills, and attitudes in unconventional ways that help them target and structure relevant information to maximize their energy while they learn from their failures, moving rapidly toward their goals. In other words, successful people are not only good learners, but they are perceptive, discerning and deliberate learners.
What do you need to learn to be successful? Be mindful of what you learn!
If many companies neglect the “why” question they probably neglect the virtue of learning as well.