What to do When You Fail...and It's Your Fault

Last night, I experienced a pretty tough business failure. Not that I haven't failed before, but this one was different because I was completely aware of whose fault it was--mine. I'll spare you (and me) the details and share what I learned about the experience. 1. Own your ISH Before you point fingers, really be honest with yourself. Was it you, them or a combination of both?

2. Assess your role A post-mortem is always great to help identify what you did wrong and what could have been done better.

3. Move on I gave myself a good 15 minutes to wallow in my sorrows before I decided to pick myself up and move on.

4. Don't let it happen again. You failed. So what? It only really becomes an issue if you repeat the failure again and again. Next time, don't. Lastly, the biggest lesson I learned last night was that although I failed, I'm not a failure.

If you've experienced failure recently, I'd love to hear from you. What's worked for you?