Turning Setbacks into Success

Turning Setbacks into Success

Did you know…


That Thomas Eddison’s teachers told him he was “too stupid to learn anything”?


Or that Walt Disney’s first boss said he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas”?


Or that Stephen Spielberg was rejected from film school… twice?


There’s a lot to unpack from this information, but the point is: rejection and failure do not have to be indicative of our overall success.


Each of these individuals (and hundreds of other household names before and after them) experienced hardship, failure, and rejection, and still became some of the most successful people in the world. While we may not all go on to invent the lightbulb or build a movie empire, we can still take a note from their perseverance, grit, and ability to turn their setbacks into eventual success.


You might be wondering what this has to do with alcohol, but stick with me for a minute here. Oftentimes when we’re trying to cut back or eliminate our alcohol use entirely, we feel constantly beset by failure after failure. We wake up in the morning with the determination to not drink and then we beat ourselves up as we open a bottle at 5 pm. Or perhaps we’ve had consecutive alcohol-free days and then we slip.


We can interpret these experiences in one of two ways:

  1. We can approach it from a fixed mindset and say that we’ll never change, that there’s no use in trying.

  2. We can approach it from a growth mindset and take note of everything we’ve learned from the experience of failure, so that we make different decisions in the future.

(Hint: all of those famous dudes above chose Door Number Two.)