There are two parts to any failure:

  • There is the event itself, with all its attendant disappointment, confusion, shame; and
  • Then there is our reaction to it.

It is this second part that we control.

Do we become introspective, or do we bury our heads in the sand?

Do we make it safe for others to acknowledge and learn from problems, or do we shut down discussion by looking for people to blame?

Failure gives us chances to grow, and we ignore those chances at our own peril.

I have failed at so many businesses, I have bankrupted businesses before. Sometimes the experience is painful, other times letting go of a business is a relief.

What I have learned though is that an essential aspect to creativity and innovation is not to be afraid to fail.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s