Failure is a Learning Strategy

If you Google the definition of failure, the first thing that it says is that failure is a “lack of success.” Nice. The second definition is a little more interesting, “the omission of expected or required action.” Meaning, we (or someone) failed to do something expected or necessary to see successful results.

Creativity is the art of controlled failure. It’s doing something new—ideally to the best of our abilities—and hoping for a successful outcome, but also understanding that there’s a chance we can fail too.

Failure sucks, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take advantage of it.

Failure leads to better ideas and better strategies (as long as we are learning from our failures versus constantly repeating them).

Failure is a learning strategy.

One person’s failure is our chance to learn, sure. But our own failures can be stepping stones to future successes.

Experiment wildly.

Do your best.

Aim for success.

Remove the variables that lead to failure.

But learn to accept failure when it happens.

And when it happens—because it inevitably will—use it to the best of your ability.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing — Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1391

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