I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. – Thomas A. Edison
In a society that seems to yearn for instant gratification, there is something wholesome in the opinion of Edison in relation to work. When media constantly bombards us with people that have achieved, it does us a great dis-service by overlooking how they got there. Edison was convinced that he learned more by getting things wrong, than by getting things right. I think we need to celebrate failure far more than we do. How do you regard failure? How do those around you regard it? Are you encouraged to fail? Eric Schmidt encourages his staff to ‘fail quickly, so that you can try again’. Is this something you’re encouraged to do?
People can be put under enormous pressure to succeed, but when the pressure is released and they are allowed to fail, chances are they are more likely to succeed.
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