Why It’s Good To Be a loser
La La Land, listen up! A new study has revealed that losers are the real winners…
You’ve missed out on your dream job, lost your perfect home to a cash buyer and that ebay dress you had your eye on? You just weren’t quick enough. And think of the cast of La La Land, who last week actually touched ‘their’ Oscar before it was stripped away and given to Moonlight.
But they needn’t fret. Not just because they won six other awards that night, but because US researchers may have finally proven that failure is sometimes as good as a win. According to the recent study conducted at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, people who receive specific and considerate feedback after losing are more open-minded to working harder and making improvements. So the cast and crew of La La Land might just be set to make another even bigger, better film in the future.
‘No one leaps fully formed into something new,’ says Jo Usmar, author of This Book Will Make You Fearless. ‘You learn, grow and develop from your failures. If you accept losing out now, you’ll be better at life. Accepting losing means you won’t take things so personally. You’ll challenge yourself, you’ll put yourself forward for things, you’ll meet more interesting people and you yourself will be more interesting. You’ll become better at what you do and gain a better perspective on what you want.’
Well, that’s certainly told us. We even feel a smidge better about missing out on that dress now. Here’s to being a loser, guys!
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