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15 Hacks to Turn a Loss into a Win

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When you can’t achieve something you want, negative emotions will take over your head. Not to mention, you also become embarrassed to meet other people. Therefore, we’re going to share you hacks to turn a loss into a win!

However, failure is actually something that is normal for humans. Therefore, instead of continuing to sink to feel the bitterness of failure, you should focus on turning loss into win.

1. Understand the Reasons for Your Failure

Why did you fail? Is it just bad luck? Cheated by others? Or because of his own negligence?

There are various reasons why someone fails. Before implementing any step, it is certainly important to honestly identify the cause of it.

For example, you want to be accepted for a job but are always get rejected. After a little introspection, you find that you are always rejected at the interview stage. You usually get so nervous that you don’t appear competent.

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Finding this, you should practice a job interview with a friend whose application was accepted. This solution can be said to be right even though it seems trivial.

And of course the accuracy can be taken because you know the cause of the problem.

2. Use Failure as a Whip to Advance

Instead of continuing to grieve for the failures experienced, use the event as a whip to move forward. Intend yourself to be even more excited to achieve what you dream of.

For example, for a long time you have wanted to publish a novel. But after 2 times submitting the script, you still fail.

The rejection is painful. However, it would be better, if you do not despair.

Make the dream of publishing the novel a fun challenge to do. So, instead of gloomy, you’re happy just to fix the returned manuscript.

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3. Optimistic

Optimism is characterized by a positive outlook. Those who are optimistic will see failure as delayed success.

This view, although it seems naïve to some people, can actually increase the spirit to move forward. Your mental will also not be easy down with that optimistic mindset.

Related: Here’s How To Transform Your Mind To Have A Positive Mindset

4. Admit mistakes, stop blaming others

Stop blaming other people for your failures. Because that is useless. You will only look for excuses for past failures.

For example, you and a friend represent your school in a competition. Your performance is good, but your friend’s performance is bad so your team loses.

When sorted, indeed your friend is the cause of the defeat. But as a teammate, you also have a hand in the failure.

So, instead of remembering other people’s mistakes, anticipate next time. Make sure all team members are ready for the competition. Stop blaming like a child.

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5. Stop Delusional Habits

Albert Einstein said that a person’s imagination is something more important than his insight. However, the imagination in question is certainly not daydreaming about yourself suddenly becoming successful.

Instead of succeeding and being able to turn loss into win, you will not have any progress. You will stagnate because you feel that your dreams have been realized through imagination.

6. Set Goals Forward

Specifically, please set goals and targets you want to achieve. So you know what to do in the future.

Say you are a fresh graduate. Currently, you’re still confused between wanting to be an entrepreneur or an employee.

However, these concerns need to be resolved. Because if you don’t, you will do your job with half-hearted efforts that can end in successive failures.

Consider these goals according to personal ideals, current financial condition, and urgent needs that must be met. That way, you’ll know what to do realistically.

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7. Create a Practical Plan

Strategic thinking means thinking according to a plan to achieve certain goals. After you set the target to be achieved, make a step to make it happen.

For example, you want to be established before you get married at the age of 25. To achieve this, of course you need careful planning in terms of work, finances, and romance.

You need to start focusing on working, building relationships, and learning how to invest safely and properly. So, you can achieve a target that not everyone can realize it.

8. Appreciate Your Small Successes

Every small success deserves appreciation. Especially if you always failed to realize that small success. After all, from small, your success can get bigger.

Remember the adage that great success consists of consistent small successes. For example, in terms of academics. At first, your accomplishments may seem so-so.

It’s just that your test scores are always good and your spirits are high. Seeing that, the school decided to give you a scholarship. You are also used as a representative in various inter-school activities.

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9. Continuously Correcting Yourself, Open to Suggestions and Criticism

To turn failure into success, you also need to be an open person. Try to listen to suggestions, criticisms, and opinions of others.

Why is this important?

Because everyone must have a limited view. No matter how smart you are, there will be things that you are not aware of due to personal bias or inexperience.

Ask other people, so it will enrich your view. So you can improve the plan that is being carried out. Or, you can anticipate things that are not desirable in the future.

10. Learn from successful people

There is no shame in learning from others. In fact, there are many valuable lessons when you are humble enough to just hear the stories of successful characters.

Indeed, not all success stories can be experienced by many people. We have to be realistic that in reality, not a few people fail despite trying so hard.

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But don’t give up easily. Who knows you are one of the few people who are destined to be successful. After all, no human being on this earth can predict the future.

11. Be patient

Stop imagining that trying to achieve your dreams is something that is easy to do. Often, you have to head over heels to do it. Especially if you have experienced failure.

Therefore, in the realm of attitude, it is very important to instill a patient attitude. Be patient when facing problems, and be patient when the dreams you desire do not come true.

12. Ignore Those Who Sing

Struggling to achieve what you want is not easy. So, don’t waste your time dealing with those who are just sarcastic.

Just imagine, you are a high school graduate who wants to enter a major that has high competition. In the first year of the test, you failed. You then decide to take lessons and study more seriously.

However, a cousin of yours satirizes the venture. He said that your brain is not watery enough to enter the majors that are popular.

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Your cousin’s words are sure to trigger a negative reaction in you. Unless you can ignore his taunts, it’s best to stay away from him while you’re struggling.

13. Stop Making Similar Mistakes

To turn failure into success, you also need to avoid making the same mistakes. This seems insignificant but is actually quite important to note.

For example, once you had a chicken noodle shop. You failed because you wasted too much capital to open multiple branches at once.

Now, you start a food business. You do not immediately open several branches like you used to. However, you are again wasting your capital to create a shop that is too luxurious.

So be careful with things like this. Recognize your fundamental mistakes so they don’t happen in the next attempt.

14. Expand Good Connections

Fix your connection. Because the reality on the ground proves that a good connection can increase a person’s chances of success.

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However, don’t just increase your acquaintances. You also need to give the right impression.

Show that you are competent and passionate. So, your acquaintances know your qualifications.

15. Balanced Life

Last but not least, don’t forget to live a healthy and balanced life.

Because turning failure into success is not easy. You need a stable mood, strong physique, and excellent health.

Some things you can do include ensuring the consumption of nutritious food and sufficient water. Next, exercise regularly and sleep at least 6 hours per day.

Bottom Line

There’s no point in continuing to grieve when you fail. It would be better if you reorganize your plans and fight again to achieve the desired target.

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Because when you fail, you actually have various lessons to be learned. There are many valuable lessons you have learned as well as the mentality that has been forged by disappointment.

So, don’t be gloomy. Although it’s not always easy, by following the 15 tips above, you can definitely turn a loss into win. Stay positive!

Written By

Jonathan Snyder is the author for 5 best selling books on Amazon (Development as Service) and part time contributor at Life Hack Solution. Reach out at



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