Failure is good

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realise how close they were to success when they gave up.”  – Thomas Edison

Football fans will enjoy an article by Gregg Fraley, which I saw yesterday after writing on the same theme.  He writes about the importance of expecting and accepting failure and of persistence in achieving your innovation goals (remember Nikola Tesla’s description of Thomas Edison).  I like the description of experimentation as planned failure and learning, and of thinking beyond getting things perfect every time. Psychologists and others have shown that we learn more from mistakes than from failure – we all know that failure is more likely to change our future behaviour than success!

Innovation is about learning from your mistakes and continuous improvement, or as he quotes from Stefan Thomke, “lather, rinse, and repeat”.


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