How to Succeed After Failing At Work

How To Succeed After Failing At Work


The question is never what you do or what you did, where you succeeded or failed in business or in life. 

Whether you were a good father or mother to your children or not.

Whether you achieved your goals or not.

The question is always how’s your practice?

Practicing new tasks & activities is normal in life. 

You try to ride a bicycle, you fall down, you try again, you succeed, it’s a practice. 

You learn to speak publicly, you feel embarrassed, you are nervous, you may fail a few times, and then you succeed. It’s a practice.

Unfortunately, practicing is not allowed in business.

You are at the beginning of your sales career, you call many clients, and you may get a few responses, yet no matter how hard you work, you miss your targets. You get fired.

You launch a new product to the market, the product doesn’t sell, you may not get a second chance.

So how do you deal with the frustration, disappointment, and missed opportunities at work? 

How do you deal with losing your job and, how do you deal with failure?

There is no real system for coping and dealing with this in the workplace.

It’s like we are left to deal with these challenges on our own and we don’t know how to manage these disappointments or where to find the right answers.

Your external world can always change, your job can change, your marriage partner can change, the country you live in can change… these are temporary things.

What always remains with you is who you are, your internal world, your emotions, your purpose in life, your values, your levels of happiness…

In order to bridge the gap between your external and internal world, is to align the practice of your internal world with your business environment. 

With your internal world coming first and your career coming second. 

Your values come first and your decision-making supports your values.

Most of us put our career, success & achievement first and our internal world, our values, and our purpose second…

And the result is a disconnect within oneself.

This disconnect creates a mental, emotional and spiritual imbalance.

To bridge this gap, you need to shift your focus. 

You need to approach everything in life from the inside first.

Your values need to come first, your success second.

Your purpose in life needs to come first, your goals second.

In order to get to know your values and your purpose, and be able to deal with changes in the external world, is to practice from the inside.

If you take away your job, your relationships, your success, your home and all your possessions, the only question left is ´´how’s your practice´´?

The way to do this is to think about the quality of your decision-making. 

Are you making decisions based on the external expectations of others? 

Are you making decisions from your ego to gain something?

Or do they come from your heart?

The answer to that question will bring awareness about the changes you need to make.

The external world will always be outside your control.

Start to build your internal world, it’s the only way to be truly happy internally and become successful externally.


Raf Adams


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