Owning your failures in your career

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Last week I attended David Haye vs Tony Bellew at the o2 arena and despite the outcome, both fighters put everything into winning. It will go on to be one of the biggest fights of they year and delivered on the massive hype. The two competitors had a genuine dislike for one another throughout the build up, which added to its “big fight feel”. After the dust had settled and David Haye’s corner threw in the towel in round 11, Haye had an ample opportunity to blame the defeat on his torn Achilles injury, yet chose not to. This is the same man who 6 years previously had blamed a broken toe in his challenge defeat to then champion, Wladimir Klitschko. Instead, he congratulated his opponent on his win, eager to settle the score in a return bout.

Above everything, it shows a real maturity from Haye, who has probably gained more fans now in defeat than victory. Is it sign of him getting older and more humble? You would hope so, but the one thing that sticks out is the fact he owned it and is ready to move on. He didn’t choose to blame an injury for defeat or anything else for that matter. He gave Tony Bellew credit and in doing so he gained plaudits for his professionalism in defeat.

When it comes to success everyone has dealt with some form of failure…it is an inevitable part of life, but how you deal with failure is what sets apart those who can to those who cannot.

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.  

The world has countless stories of successful people who have failed over and over again until they achieve success. Individuals choose to see these failures as a badge of honour, or battle scars which spur them on for even greater success.

In my short career in recruitment, I have also experienced similar feelings of failure – after 5 years of working within the recruitment to recruitment industry I decided to embark on a fresh challenge and by my own admission it didn’t quite go to according to plan. Do I blame anyone else? No. Am I downhearted by this? No. At that moment in time, it wasn’t right for me, and I have used it as a learning curve. It has brought me back to the recruitment to recruitment industry and only ignited the passion I have for this market.

So who knows? David Haye might astonish us all and bounce back from this to become Heavyweight Champion of the world…let’s hope he keeps that pinky toe of his properly strapped up when the time comes!

Thanks for reading

Leith

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