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You Learn More From Success Than From Failure

By February 4, 2013

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Managers spend a lot of time building plans and setting goals. You can increase your chances of success by taking advantage of your brain's chemistry. When you succeed at something your brain releases dopamine, a pleasure chemical, which reinforces your learning and your desire to repeat it. When you don't succeed, your brain doesn't retain and reinforce that behavior. So instead of setting great goals that are difficult to reach, we need to break them down into smaller steps that are achievable.

According to a recent Business on main article "achieving your goals isn't just about hard work and discipline" and "you can jump-start your productivity to create a winning streak". This is because "the more times you succeed at something, the longer your brain stores the information that allowed you to do so well in the first place."

For the fundamentals of planning read Business Planning Made Simple.

March 2, 2013 at 8:12 am
(1) David Winter says:

It’s true that many people have a tendency to avoid contemplating failure because the feelings provoked by cognitive dissonance are uncomfortable and so they find it hard to learn from such experiences. However, that doesn’t mean one should just concentrate on learning from success. The danger with that approach is that it leaves you open to post-hoc rationalisation, self-justification and confirmation bias. It’s common to assume that success was achieved solely as a result of your actions and decisions, ignoring contextual factors and alternative explanations.

A good leader should be prepared to put in the effort and deal with the discomfort that learning from mistakes requires. Acceptance-based mindfulness approaches can be very useful in this respect.

In this way, you can learn from your successes AND your failures.

April 2, 2013 at 12:42 am
(2) Rajesh dua says:

I agree with David, success & failure both are great teachers,one with dopamine 7 other without dopamine.

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