Do You Learn More When You Lose?

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“If you see things the right way,

losses are opportunities to change and improve.”

– John Maxwell

No one likes to lose. But I think leaders especially don’t like to lose.

Try as we might to keep our egos out of our leadership, it hurts our pride when we experience failure. As leaders, we’re “supposed to” be successful. We’re “supposed to” have it all together. We’re not supposed to lose.

But we all lose sometime. John Maxwell recently wrote about this in a blog post adapted from his upcoming book, Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn. Maxwell states,

“If you’re going to lose—and you are because everyone does—then why not turn it into a gain? How do you do that? By learning from it. A loss isn’t totally a loss if you learn something as a result of it.”

He goes on to explain, “You can choose to change, grow, and learn from your losses.” While this is much easier said than done, it is possible! And learning from your loss makes it less of a loss… and more of a win.

I encourage you to read the full post by John Maxwell—it’s full of excellent food for thought! To read it in full on the Leadership Wired Blog, please click here >>


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I am a leader, speaker, and author who is passionate about Leadership Excellence and Achieiving Greater Success. I am the author of the books Be An Inspirational Leader(2016) and Presidential Leadership (2013), and deliver keynote presentations on those topics and several others.

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