How to be a Successful Woman – Amelia Earhart
“When they fail, their failure must be a challenge to others,” said Amelia Earhart. She was the first woman to fly solo non-stop across the Pacific from Hawaii to California. She set speed records, earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, and disappeared over the Pacific Ocean before her 40th birthday.
Amelia Earhart knew about obstacles, fear, and overcoming failure. If you want to succeed despite your fears and frustrations, read Find Your Strongest Life: What the Happiest and Most Successful Women Do Differently.
And, here are five ways to overcome failure and be more successful in life…
5 Ways to Overcome Failure - Amelia Earhart
1. Keep a record of other successful women’s achievements. Earhart kept a scrapbook of newspaper clippings describing the achievements of fearless women in mechanical engineering, film direction and production, and advertising. She knew how hard it can be to forge ahead, especially in male-dominated fields. These newspaper clippings no doubt kept Earhart’s motivation, passion, and confidence alive!
2. Stay connected to your mentors. Whether you’re a fan of a strong woman in history like Earhart or your good old granny, stay hooked in with her. A mentor doesn’t have to be present in your actual life; you can be mentored through books, websites, forums, e-mail, and even movies. Learn how your mentor overcame failure. You’ll can apply her wisdom to your life even if she kept failing. Especially if she kept failing and eventually succeeded.
3. Mentor others. Earhart was a guidance or career counselor for young women at a university. She was also the aviation editor for Cosmo Magazine, and she wrote books about her successes and failures. I think all this contributed to her success! The more you encourage and inspire others, the more you yourself will be encouraged and inspired. Mentoring others – even if it’s just a phone call every month or two – can help you overcome failure by lifting your self-esteem and self-confidence.
4. Learn resilience. This is your “bounce back” factor. How quickly do you bounce back from setbacks or mistakes? Think of resilience as being like one of those punching bags for kids. Those bags just kept bouncing back up no matter how hard the kid punched (but not if a knife was pulled). Of course, I’m not saying we should be punching bags! But, the higher our “bounce back” factor is, the more success we’ll enjoy – and the happier we’ll be.
5. Learn from your past failures. “Successful dieters meet their goals by learning from past failures,” say the folks at the National Weight Control Center. Maybe you’ve failed at losing weight, or you don’t exercise regularly, or you can’t get into the habit of eating healthy foods. That’s okay, as long as you learn why you’re failing. Are you being sabotoged? Are you lazy? Are you dealing with some heavy life problems? Figuring out the root of the problem is a productive way to overcome failure.