Are you failing at failing?
Remember when you were young and everything was new to you? When you didn’t know what the word in the book you were reading aloud from was? When you mispronounced it and you might have felt a little silly, but mostly, you just wanted to know how to say it and what it meant?
Do you remember that feeling?
That was failing.
It wasn’t that bad was it?
Do you currently fail enough? Do you put yourself in enough situations to fail?
I came across this short post at Futurelab about failure a bit ago that reinforces a belief that I hold strongly:
Expecting failure and embracing chance hold the key to success in business.
The companies that are most able to explore and innovate – something akin to random [biological] mutation – and then rapidly and flexibly adapt when an innovation succeeds or fails, will do best.
Now, let’s think about that for a moment, shall we? I think that this is saying that if you’re not adept at dealing with change and failure, then you’re not going to do as well as those who are more capable. In business, but in life as well, I believe this to be true:
We must foster and develop our ability to deal with failure if we are to better ourselves.
So, I ask again: Are you failing at failing?
Are you not working enough at putting yourself into situations where you can fail?
Are you not taking enough risks?
Are you not seeking that which you are truly hopeful about, because the possibility of failure is so disappointing as to be avoided?