Monday, 10 June 2013

Dealing with Failure

Being an expat can be a great experience and is one of the biggest opportunities life has to offer. However, as with anything, there are times when things may not work out quite as you’d planned. We’ve compiled a few tips for those times when the expat dream feels a little more like a nightmare.

If at first you don’t succeed…
…then try, and try again. It’s important to keep a positive mental attitude when you fail to and to make sure you keep on going and push past all barriers to your success. So, why don’t you take inspiration from the below photo: you can’t make an omelette without breaking some eggs!

Image source: Flickr

Learn from your mistakes
It’s a bit of a cliché but it’s true. Every entrepreneur has experienced failure before they make it big. And once you’ve succeeded, there are still going to be some bumps ahead of you in your next challenge. The best way to minimise the number and impact of these failures is to take some time to learn from your mistakes and adapt your approach in future endeavours. This way at least you know you won’t be making the same mistakes twice!

Ask for advice
This last one is crucial. No matter your situation, someone’s been there before. Whether you need help navigating local issues or assistance on dealing with visa issues, your local and expat networks are a valuable resource – don’t forget to use them! Even if you don’t take the pointers, speaking to someone about your problems will help you to share your burden and keep that positive attitude we mentioned earlier.

1 comment:

  1. Preparation is everything.

    As an international school principal, I often had to take on the role of coach to students and parents who were struggling to make their international adventure positive for the whole family. As far as the schooling experience goes, many had no real concept of the changes and issues that the process of moving into an international school can generate. Most international schools provide lots of information but families also need to ask the right questions to ensure they are fully prepared to take full advantage of the many benefits of life in an international school community


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