The Glory of Failure?
There is no lack of message lauding failure these days. Quotes from Henry Ford and Albert Einstein abound and some mornings when I am online scanning tech and business articles and blogs , it’s as if failure is like a dog wearing a tiara!
Now, don’t get me wrong. I get it. I believe that failure is not only inevitable in both our work and personal lives, but we learn many valuable lessons from it. Making “mistakes” or the fear of making one is the reason 90% of people never leave their comfort zones to experience the zing of creativity. That is more tragic than failure any day.
Some days though I get really tired of the struggle and the fallout that is a natural part of failing at something. When we experience a business failure or a relationship that really mattered to us tanks, it is just painful and there is no escaping that.
Yes, we learn from failure, but we need to take the time to feel the disappointment and sadness too. Avoid getting stuck in that muck but don’t try and skip over it while moving into celebrating failure, aka… a “learning experience”.
Sometimes when you are in the throes of yet one more failed “something”, don’t you just want to put a bumper sticker on your car or your forehead saying,
Please…NO MORE” LEARNING EXPERIENCES”!!! ?