Setbacks make you stronger
19 August 2020
In every career there are going to be setbacks. Times when things don't go according to plan.
Sometimes these setbacks are big - you don't get a job you wanted; you get a terrible new boss; your job is made redundant.
More often the setbacks you will face in your career are smaller - a project you wanted to work on doesn't go ahead; a great boss moves to a different department; a meeting you lead is a waste of time.
These smaller setbacks are an ideal opportunity to develop your skill at better dealing with the bigger ones, not just in a resilient fashion, but in an anti-fragile way that makes you stronger as a result of the setback.
There are three great questions to ask yourself every time a challenge occurs. These questions can help you view any setback as a growth opportunity.
- What did I do well in this situation? List at least 3 things.
- What did I learn as a result of this situation? There is always learning...
- What will I now do to get better? List at least 3 things, then determine the #1 thing to do.
In fact, don't just wait for something to go wrong. To be super anti-fragile use these questions to reflect on your performance on an ongoing basis.
Practice with the little things because bigger setbacks are a natural part of any normal career.
As always wishing you a flourishing career.