Nate Armstrong on How to Learn and Thrive from Failure

Failure is a crucial part of life. Whether it be in your personal or professional endeavors, failure is something you will be forced to face and overcome. Rather than letting these experiences discourage you from achieving your goals, allow them to be learning experiences that foster your growth. As the Investor Relations Chair for Home Invest, the first online real estate investment platform that allows you to choose details down to certified renovation contractors, Nate Armstrong has become an expert at learning from his failures and thriving, not despite them, but because of them. The following are Armstrong’s tips on how you can achieve this too.



This simple yet necessary step is often overlooked and forgotten about in the daily swing of things. It is important to reflect often on your achievements, failures, struggles and more. When you reflect on how far you’ve come, and the struggles you have overcome, it forces you to put your current issues into perspective. After all, you have likely experienced and overcome worse, so why let this bump in the road ruin your mood? Ask yourself: would you be where you are today without experiencing failure and other misfortunes? How did these negative experiences impact you for the better? In Nate Armstrong’s experience, reflecting forces him to not take his success for granted, and reminds him that there a storm only lasts so long.


Create a Goal Board

This one might be cheesy (and feel free to hide it under your bed out of view), but it’s a great practice to keep you focused on what’s important. Create a goal board with a bristol board and magazine clippings that reflect your professional and personal goals you hope to achieve within the next 5-15 years. Doing this forces you to think in depth about your goals, instead of aimlessly making major life decisions. When you determine your goals and put them out into the universe, says Nate Armstrong, it can be extremely reassuring when things don’t go your way. Instead of getting overwhelmed and giving up, you can look at your goal board and it will remind you that there are more important things in your future.


Take a Break

Failure can really take its toll on your mental and physical health. Sometimes no matter how hard we work to stay positive and overcome this misfortune, we just can’t. Know that it is OK to take a break. By removing yourself from that stressful environment, whether it be through a sabbatical at work or taking some time apart from a toxic significant other, you will be able to recharge and gain a clearer perspective. When we don’t take a break, we can make some disastrous decisions, in both our professional and personal relationships.


Bounce Back

When failure knocks you down, bounce back up quickly. Do not stay down.  Imagine yourself as a rubber ball. Its ok to get knocked down as long as you bounce back up.  Some people turn into glass balls and shatter when failure strikes, they’ll never be able to pick up the pieces and keep moving in this state. If you are “rubber” you’ll always bounce back faster and learn more from failures than others.  


Change Your Perspective

When you try and try again but cannot seem to find success, it’s time to rework your approach. Often we get stuck in our old ways, which makes it impossible to see other options. This is why it’s important to talk to a trusted friend or coworker who can give you an outside perspective that forces you to take a new approach.


When you are experiencing failure, it can be extremely difficult to be optimistic that things will change for the better. Instead, we often let failure drag us down into a poor mindset. Nate Armstrong shows us that failure can be a motivational force that puts your achievements in perspective. Use these tips to remind you that failure is not the end all, be all.