5 Pro Tips: How to Recover From a Business Failure

By September 10, 2020 Learning From Mistakes

Although optimism is a necessary trait in an entrepreneur, it’s essential to recognize the fact that every business hits a snag every once in a while. Because of this, learning how to recover from a business failure is mandatory for any business leader.

a photo of a person with several alternative trails after recovering from a business failure


Between changes in the marketplace, global and national disasters, competitor challenges, and the obsolescence of your products and services, there are plenty of obstacles that a business owner might face. You must maintain your positive outlook and build the emotional muscle tone that allows you to rebound. Here’s how to recover from a business failure. 

How to Overcome Business Failure

Optimism leads to success, but even the most optimistic business leaders can feel shaken or crushed by a large setback. Today I’d like to share 5 steps that will help you learn how to recover from a business failure.

  1. Don’t take it personally. Learning from a business failure requires you to look at the situation with an objective eye and remove your emotions from the mix. It’s normal to feel strongly after a business failure, but acting from a place of passion can lead you to make rash decisions. One failure doesn’t define you, so observe the situation from a neutral perspective. 
  2. Model the behavior you want to see. Your team will be looking to you for leadership during this difficult time. If you’re going to foster a culture where your employees feel comfortable making mistakes, you need to lead by example. Let your team know that it’s okay to fail as long as you use it as an opportunity to grow. 
  3. Consult a mentor. Sometimes when you’re in the middle of a tough situation, it’s hard to pull back and see the full picture. An objective third party, like a mentor or business coach, can help you see solutions that you might not have thought of. Many of them will have encountered a similar level of failure in their careers and can provide advice based on their own experience. 
  4. Learn the lesson. Failure is only devastating if you learn nothing from experience. With enough preparation and a backup plan, you can often lessen or avoid completely even business failures that seem entirely out of your control. See what you can learn from this experience and implement new policies to prevent similar situations in the future. 
  5. Move on. The most significant part of learning how to recover from a business failure is moving forward after the fact. Resume business as usual as quickly as possible. Most of all, don’t let the fear of failure keep you from taking risks in the future. Some of the best business ideas lie outside of your comfort zone, and no one ever changed the world by playing it safe. 


Learning how to recover from a business failure will help you rebound faster and start strategizing high-potential alternatives for your business. A business coach can help. Fill out my contact form to schedule a complimentary coaching session with me, and let’s work on developing your resilience.


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