Failure and setbacks aren’t just a normal part of life. They’re also an important part of discovering your life’s purpose. Plenty of people in history were rejected for the very thing that would later make them famous. Walt Disney lost a job at a newspaper because he supposedly lacked creativity. Bill Gates’s first business was a total bust. They didn’t let those initial failures distract them from their resolve.
While failure should never make you identify as a victim, it’s smart to be open about your missteps. It can be tempting to hide the sting of failure. You might worry that people will disapprove, but often the opposite is true. Being honest and bold will help you build healthy, authentic, trusting relationships that will serve you for the rest of your professional life.
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