Research: Setbacks Can Actually Boost Your Career

If you’ve hit a big pothole on the road to success, take heart. Research shows that setbacks can galvanize your career in unexpected ways that make you more successful. Three practices are key to turning them to your advantage: exploring whether your goals still fit your aspirations, opening yourself to unorthodox opportunities, and adopting a growth mindset.

Many of us will face a setback at some point in our careers — perhaps we’ll be passed over for a promotion, fail to get the job we want, or even be asked to resign. Because such experiences can shake our confidence and make us doubt our worth, trying to shield ourselves from them is instinctive. But what if by focusing on the obvious negative aspects of setbacks, we miss their silver lining?


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