Prepare for failure

In 1970, Richard Branson founded what would become one of the World's most famous brands. In 47 years and counting, Virgin has continuously defied the odds while breaking into many adjacent industries on a breathtaking journey to £19.5 Billion in yearly revenues.

Branson often believes his success revolves around his ability to stomach failure, to get straight back up again and continue moving forwards.

What has this got to do with mental health?

Well, a lot. Firstly, one of most prevalent cases of stress and anxiety appears when something fails. Secondly, training yourself to believe that failure isn't a bad thing can only increase your mental health and give you a greater chance of reaching your goals.

"We must be willing the roll the dice and lose. Prepare, at the end of the day, for none of it to work". - Ryan Holiday

I know it's hard to pick yourself up from failure, I've been there and struggled myself on many occasions, and no, I'm no expert at it either. Every now and again I find myself hitting rock bottom after something hasn't worked out.

But remember this, with every failure, comes the chance to try again. Next time, after learning from your earlier mistake, you're able to improve on your latest attempt. And you know what, you might fail again, but again it's ok, with it comes another chance to get back up and continue to make healthy progress.

Where would Richard Branson be now if he hadn't been able to pick himself up from defeat?

The point is to learn and move on.

I know it's cliched, but to quote Einstein - "the definition of insanity is to repeat the same thing over and over again and expect a different result."

Don't do that! Fail, analyse, plan your next move, take a deep breath and move on..

Joe Pack