Is failure a good or bad thing?
People on the East Coast vs. West Coast think of failure differently. Washington sees it as a defeat. Silicon Valley sees it as a path to another chance. Do you think failure is a good or bad thing? Why or why not?
- "Failing forward" is an actual term, used in business and other realms, referencing failure as a valuable part of the development process. Fail, learn lessons, try again, theoretically with an improved result. Washington DC (I'm in "Washington" -- it's a state) could learn a thing or two about innovation. I will agree however, the margin for error and failure is much smaller in terms of human services and people's survival.
- Failure is a good thing if you recognize it BEFORE it becomes a weight. People can have a good idea, especially because everyone tells them they do, but when it's not succeeding and they don't recognize why it won't succeed on their current path, that failure isn't a good thing.You can learn from mistakes, sure, but you can learn more by accepting something has failed before it ruins you and spending your energy into something that will succeed.Example: http://mariolurig.com/business/until-you-ask-for-money-you-dont-know-how-serious-they-are/ …
- Part of being successful is delivering correctly the first time, every time. I appreciate the Eminem-esque "I couldn't be where I am without going where I was before" philosophy, but it just doesn't resonate for me personally or professionally. The Vince Lombardi "winning is the only thing" school of management is what speaks to me.
- I've worked for three start-ups in Silicon Valley. The mentality is when the start-up you're in goes under, you go look for another start-up job. There's big pool of startup talent available that way.Sometimes, when a start up is bought by a larger company, the workers cash in their stock options and quit, looking for another start-up. Big company culture doesn't sit well with a lot of them.
- Silicon Valley has good PR. There are plenty of hissy fits, finger pointing, and backstabbing when failure occurs here in sunny CA. I'm sure there are reasonable people in DC who learn from their errors. Sometimes there's something to learn from failure, and sometimes it's better to walk away from the wreckage. Depends on the failure and why it occurred.
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