What I’m about to say may seem counterintuitive. It turns out that early career setbacks can actually move you toward success. In his New York Times article, Tim Herrera shared evidence found by researchers at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern.
They studied two groups. One group barely secured a National Institutes of Health grant. The other one just missed getting the same grant. Ten years later, the losing group had gone on to more successful and impactful careers. The researchers couldn’t believe what they were seeing, so they sliced and diced the data in a variety of ways, but the results kept coming out the same.
This is yet another example of why it’s so important to see failure as an opportunity to grow and use it to move closer to the things you seek. As Herrera reminds us, “It’s not about survival of the fittest. It’s about becoming a better version of yourself.”