Whether you’re decades into your career or just beginning, you’ve likely experienced some disappointment and setbacks along the way. Those career frustrations, however, don’t have to be all bad.


This article by Amy Blaschka, writing for Forbes, identifies the following three points:

  1. Mitigate it before it happens. You can’t stop disappointment from happening, but you can mitigate its effects. One of the best ways to do this is by setting realistic expectations and remembering that progress beats perfection.
  2. Shift your perspective. Yes, it’s disappointing, but it doesn’t mean you’re worthless. Sometimes a lack of progress means you’re going in the wrong direction.
  3. Use the ‘failure’ as fuel for further growth. Remember, there is no growth in your comfort zone. To achieve personal and professional development, you must take risks—even if that means you might fail.



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