Articles about Failure


Eliminate failure with mental simulations

The pain of failing is a result of a poor match between our subjective preferences and the objective reality. It’s not an easy thing to deal with.


This is what inventors can teach us about success

Unfortunately, the path to positive change is not always obvious. Whether you’re trying to build a successful business or reach a breakthrough in your creative work, the route to success can be elusive.


How to make yourself work when you’re not in the mood

Fighting procrastination teaches us to fully engage in our work, get more creative and get more done.

The Whole Human

This is the antidote to failure

When we react to failure with shame or anger, two things happen: First, we forego a learning opportunity. Second, we empower it.

The Whole Human

Jessica Alba’s self-confidence hack might surprise you

The actress and entrepreneur sat down with Arianna Huffington and spoke about self-confidence, handling rejection and learning from failure.


15 things I believe: Updated late 2018

Here are biased, but mostly evidence-based, opinions on management and life as we approach the final quarter of the year.


Pursue the extraordinary: The power of moonshot thinking

Once you actually pursue the extraordinary, you will rise above the stale neural pathways that dominate ordinary thinking.


15 people share the worst advice they got when they were young

Sometimes the pearls of wisdom people dispense to us when we’re young and impressionable are misdirected, misinformed, or just plain bad – no matter how well-meaning the advisor. And sometimes that bad advice ends up being the most eye-opening of our lives.

The Whole Human

Responsibility: Not apologizing when you succeed or complaining when you fail

Don’t apologize when you succeed. Don’t complain or blame when you fail. Completely own and take responsibility for what you’ve attracted into your life.

Job search

If you are reading this, you are already ahead

Like many people who invest a lot in their education, she assumed that literally every single other person looking for a new job is doing the same.


7 quotes from 2018 U.S. Open stars that will inspire you in your career

The U.S. Open celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2018, with some of the toughest athletes taking the court and going for it all. If you played sports as a kid, then you may be able to relate to the mental and physical challenges they face every day.

Career Advice

Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian wants to be your mentor

Ladders caught up with Alexis Ohanian who shared tips on creating smart partnerships, finding your values and carving out a spectacular career.

According to Science

The psychology behind success and failure

At the end of the day, there’s no reason to be afraid of failure. In fact, failure is a critical piece for success itself.

Levelling Up

The 4 essential questions to ask yourself before launching your dream

Every dream has to begin somewhere. If you’re on the road to living out your biggest goals and dreams, you’ll soon find that it rarely takes a linear path.


Madonna shows us how not to honor someone’s career at the 2018 MTV VMAs

Madonna honored soul icon Aretha Franklin, who died last week — but with a twist that left some MTV Video Music Awards viewers upset.


Did you fail at something? Good – do something else

Instead of just telling people to stop complaining, Jocko Willink realizes that we need more than that to truly change our behavior.


11 signs you’re going to be successful, even if it doesn’t feel like it

If you're pursuing your passions, if you're learning, and if you're forging solid relationships, you're probably on track to being successful.


3 ways to respond to curveballs you didn’t see coming

Often a change of plans is what’s needed to get to exactly where we need to be. Life throws a lot of curveballs and this is how you deal with them.

Family Life

Why you should let your children fail more often

You have the best of intentions, but resist that natural parental instinct. By shielding children from failure, we’re doing them a serious disservice.


The 8 most effective ways to get back on track after you messed up (and finally stay there)

You’re stuck in a downward spiral of negativity because it seems like all the progress you’ve made may be ruined. If you can relate to this scenario, you know how tough it can be to get back on track after you messed up. But, it’s possible.


Billionaire Richard Branson has some simple advice for those who want to succeed

Time and again, Branson encourages young people to stay faithful to themselves in the face of all odds. After all, he's living proof that anything is possible — as a child, he struggled greatly with dyslexia. No one ever dreamed that he would pioneer a global music and video game company, an airline and a space project.


How to become more intelligent every day

People aren’t born smart. People learn how to work with what they’ve got, and become smart as a result.

The Whole Human

10 important life lessons we are often taught too late

The following list unveils some of the most important lessons in life that people learn the hard way.


America’s corporate courage crisis: Building your courage quotient

As those in leadership roles cling to the deceptive safety of the status quo, we see sub-optimization in performance, resilience, and growth.

The Whole Human

How to win the biggest battle of all

To be at peace mentally and emotionally, we often need to be at peace spiritually. This means — we have to accept life for what it is, to acknowledge things at face value, then do our best to influence and impact how we want to change things so they will align with our truth — our vision and purpose. It is this vision and purpose that must guide us to win the battle within.