Make Yourself Immune to Failure


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I’ve failed frequently and consistently (What It’s Like to Fail 35,000 Times).

In the beginning, my failures took an emotional toll on me. Thanks to my Rich Habits research of self-made millionaires I learned that these unique individuals develop an immunity to failure.

Lower Your Expectations

The main tool they used to do this was lowering their expectations on a day to day basis. By dialing down their short-term expectations for success, they were better able to come close, meet or exceed their expectations.

Don’t mistake lowering your expectations with lowering your desire to succeed. They are two very different things.

Lowering your expectations with respect to achieving specific goals, gives you some slack, in the event you come up short on your goals.

In fact, by taking a page out of the self-made millionaire playbook, in lowering my expectations, I was able to come close, meet or exceed my expectations.

When I came close to my expectations, it dragged me down, but only for a short while. Knowing I came close actually inspired me to keep trying.

When I met my expectations, this boosted my confidence, which kept my desire and energy levels where I needed them to be.

On the rare occasion I exceeded my expectations, well, it nearly knocked me off my chair. It was so completely unexpected … and joyful.

Celebrate your Victories

And this brings us to the second tool the self-made millionaires in my study used to keep themselves in the game – they celebrated their victories. Some even maintained a Victory Log, in which they logged all of their victories.

What I’ve learned from all of my failures is how important it is to soak yourself in those rare successes. They are like an oasis in the Sahara. They renew you. I’ve learned to stop and let those rare success events pour over me like sweet honey.

I think there’s something important in failing. Failures not only teaches you important lessons in what not to do; failures also teaches you the importance of cherishing those rare successes.

I’ve learned, over these past eleven years, the importance of making a habit of celebrating my victories. They may not be often but when then happen, boy, they’re like life’s white out. They erase the pain of previous failures, as if they were never there in the first place.

When you succeed, for a moment in time, you feel happy and good about yourself. I think we all need to celebrate our rare victories when we have them.

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Thomas C. Corley About Thomas C. Corley

Tom Corley is a bestselling author, speaker, and media contributor for Business Insider, CNBC and a few other national media outlets.

His Rich Habits research has been read, viewed or heard by over 50 million people in 25 countries around the world.

Besides being an author, Tom is also a CPA, CFP, holds a master’s degree in taxation and is President of Cerefice and Company, a CPA firm in New Jersey.
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  1. Eric Walesh says:

    Good thoughts. I am a real estate developer and deals move very slowly. At the end of the day I can’t count the widgets I produced. I make a list at the end of each day of what I accomplished to keep myself positive. It may be as simple as a returned call from a land seller.

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