How to Fail

Great blog post by Dustin Wax (is that a real name?) on how to fail spectacularly . . . and come out ahead.

Growing up, we are told that failure is bad. In school, failure is an "F," something you do not want to show your parents.

But how many famous and successful people can you name that failed spectacularly at one time or another? Lots of them!

So the secret to failure, I think, is learning. As Dustin writes:

"Failure is the most important learning tool we humans have at our disposal...we should embrace our failures, milking them for everything they’re worth. Ask yourself what you can take away from your failures, what you’re being given by them."

Failure is a gift.

Posted by Terrence Seamon, Sept 12, 2007

Comments

Herman Najoli said…
The good thing with failure is that it gives you experience. Experience is one of the greatest teachers because it gives you first hand information. Experience is the father of wisdom. Someone said once bitten, twice shy. Failure is not profitable unless you learn from it.
Terrence Seamon said…
Good point!

Trouble is, however, that our childhood socialization and our formal system of education (at least here in the U.S.) both teach us to avoid failure and, if we fail, to feel ashamed.

It's quite counter-cultural to say that failure is a gift and that it teaches wisdom.

Terry

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