At one point or another, you have or will have an experience of failure. No one is exempted from this very discouraging part of life. However, this doesn’t mean you have to succumb to the disheartening effects of failure. It is important that you get back on your feet and learn from the experience. Like in the business arena, there is no escape from failure. One of the realities of having a business is the chance of failure. Almost all successful and thriving businesses today have at least experienced one failed business idea or a fruitless business attempt. Yet, they moved on, cleaned up all the mess, and went for another try.
It might be comforting to know that you are not alone when it comes to business failure. In entrepreneurship, risk is a necessary element. A number of entrepreneurs fear the risk of failure and remain in the sidelines. This leaves plenty of opportunity for those entrepreneurs who are willing to work hard and take the chances. If you are not ready to take the risk of business failure, then better not pursue business at all. Without risks, you will not reap any business reward. So, if you fail on a business idea or your business in general, bounce back.
Bouncing back from failed entrepreneur ideas is always possible. Failing is not the important part here, how you rebound from that failure is what matters most. How you deal with the failed business idea and what you do in order to bounce back will make you who you are as an entrepreneur. It will certainly define your business character and tells you what your future experiences with business failure will be.
If you are trying to overcome a setback made by a failed entrepreneur idea, this article may give you the power to bounce back. Chances are, if you are reading this article, you will start to ask the right questions and begin taking wise suggestions to rebound from failure.
Why Bounce Back from a Failed Business Idea?
Over the years, many entrepreneurs don’t bother to rebound from their failures. They always see failure in its negative aspects and neglect to see the chance to recover towards success. There is always a reason to spring back after an entrepreneurial idea that fall short to invite cashflow and business success.
So, why should you even bother picking up the pieces, dusting off, and trying again?
- Success can’t be achieved overnight. If you go into business thinking that you will be reaping the rewards right away, you should think again. It is very rare for an entrepreneur to hit it big time immediately. Most successful businesses have often gone through several failures and setbacks. In business, there is that natural progression of some failures and the possibility to bounce back and keep trying. You can never succeed if you fail to rebound from your failure.
- Failure teaches. The best thing about experiencing failure is it is a great learning experience. Most often, you learn more from your failures than your successes. When you fail in a business attempt or a business idea, you should not stop there. Take everything in perspective and use what you’ve learned from the experience when bouncing back. Make use of everything from your failure to improve your business effectiveness and efficiency for future business ventures. When you fail and learn from that experience, you will certainly put yourself a step closer to success. You have to remember “He who fails to learn from mistakes is sure to repeat them.”
- Rebounding leads to resiliency. “It is not how many times you fall, but how many times you got up.” When it is time, be willing to risk it again. Failure is a natural phenomenon in business. Yes, you may fail again in your business, but just like as life is full of disappointments, it is also full of opportunities to bounce back. Access the painful part of your previous failure and make it your power to bounce back.
- Bouncing back unfolds opportunities for growth. Rebounding from failure will surely develop your business skills and attitude. This is probably one of the most proactive parts of failing and bouncing back. You will even discover new entrepreneurial skills and strategies to help you in your next attempt.
How To Bounce Back From Failure
When you fail, it is not the end of your entrepreneurial journey. Don’t conclude immediately that you are not fit to hold a business and eventually abandon what you worked hard for. You have to bounce back and learn from it so you will be wiser on your next run.
Here are some tips you can use to bounce back from your failed business ideas.
- Never deny that it happened. Sometimes, in order to avoid the stigma of failure, you refuse to admit that it happened. If you keep on denying it, you will usually harbor more internal stress and keep delaying doing the necessary measure to remedy the failure.
- Don’t make excuses. You wiggle past the truth rather than admitting the failure. You will even, at some point, blame others for your failed business idea and try your best to convince yourself that your setback was not your fault. You need to own your failure before you can actually move on. Yet, never confuse yourself as a failed person because of your failed business idea. Instead of developing a mental pattern of failure, focus more on how to improve and avoid future failures.
- Evaluate what led to the failure. Take some time to evaluate what factors lead to the failure of your business idea. Before you actually jump and try again, spend time to understand what caused the failure. Sit down and spend considerable time analyzing what worked and what didn’t. Take a deep dive on every area of that failed business attempt (financial, clients, partners, etc.).
- Analyze what you can use for your next attempt. It doesn’t mean that you should scrap all the marketing strategies, contacts, and business leads you used in the previous business idea that didn’t succeed. If they proved to be not the reason why that previous idea failed, then maybe you can use them for your next business venture. Moreover, the people who have met and worked with along the way may become very useful even if you are pursuing another business industry.
- Clean up the mess before trying again. During your evaluation, you will surely come across several areas that must be cleaned up before you can proceed to another business attempt. Take for example, your debts right after failure. Anything that ends up on you personally post-venture will definitely show up and affect on your next business venture. Consolidate and renegotiate previous debt.
- Explain the failure. If your business is new and the failed idea affects your flagship product or service, you need to explain to investors and important customers about the failure. If the problem originated from manufacturing or marketing, you need to sit down and talk to people who had a hand in these areas. If necessary, you should create a new business plan. Specifically, include how you and your business can make up the lost time. If you dedicate time and effort in explaining to them, you will give them the impression that you are taking your business very seriously.
- Get help. One of the tendencies for entrepreneurs is to everything on their own. Unless “whatever you touch becomes gold” (whatever you get into becomes successful right away), you need to find others and services that can help you take care of some aspects of your business. With that, you can focus on the things you do best.
- Do it. The difference between those entrepreneurs that have not recovered from a failure from those who have is the simple act of making the bouncing back happen. Don’t let the failure stop you from pursuing your business goals. Take action and successfully bounce back.