Fail Often to Succeed Sooner!


Fail often in order to succeed sooner

The wisdom of learning from failure is incontrovertible & yet when we make mistakes, and goof something, we feel terrible. But failure is not ALWAYS bad – it IS sometimes bad, and sometimes inevitable, but sometimes it is even good!

Failure and fault are virtually inseparable, we learn to blame something or someone because we are rarely rewarded for accepting responsibility or encouraged to understand what we learned from our failure

If people aren’t blamed for failures, what will ensure that they try as hard as possible to do their best work? However, a failure resulting from thoughtful experimentation can generate valuable information that should actually be praiseworthy…

Leaders can create and reinforce a culture that counteracts the blame game and makes people feel both comfortable with and responsible for surfacing and learning from failures. The goal should be to surface it early before it has mushroomed into disaster and not hide it

How to keep failure [or fear of it] from derailing us:

  1. don’t let it define you
  2. take stock, learn & adapt new strategies
  3. move on & try again
  4. let go of seeking approval of others
  5. get a new/fresh perspective

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