Congratulations, you have failed.

Not making the team. Failing a test after you studied for days Saying the wrong thing at the big interview. Memorizing your lines and going blank at your audition.

We’ve all done it.  We’ve all failed.

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But there’s no reason to allow failure to defeat you.

Celebrate your failures. They are lessons to be learned.

In a 2006 psychological study published in the Journal of Personality, researchers wrote that initial failure deters people from trying again. But, when you surrender, when you give in and give up, you concede to failure.

Instead of lamenting, dissect each point of criticism, and decide if you should make changes. Listen to your audience. Don’t let anger overwhelm your senses. Do not let your pride stand in the way of your progress.

Dare yourself to turn mistakes into strengths.  Analyze your errors. Fix them. Move forward.

If there are opportunities for improvement, grasp them. Pursue them. Hunt them down with a vengeance.  Prove to yourself that you can be better.

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Criticism and corrections are not attacks; they’re pathways. Thrive as your audience challenges you. Do not defend your past. Attack your future; improve it.

Top all your expectations. You will have to deal with your choices.

Make good ones. Don’t ever give yourself more than you’re able.

Do not weep—unless you must.

Straighten your spine and take a deep breath.

Carry on.

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