Sounds kind of crazy doesn’t it? Why would you want failing to be easy? There’s actually a pretty simple explanation.
By: Chris Dagenais
Failing should be easy, much of the literature about creativity and innovation says that failure (and the subsequent learning from it) is necessary. Need proof, look at Thomas Edison he celebrates his failures yet has his name on over 1000 patents and said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work”
In fact, we teach how fail in science class via the Scientific Method. The problem is that we don’t positively reinforce the concept of failure. In school we are taught that we must get the right answer every time or we face ridicule. Which do you remember more, the time you got the A or the time you got the F? I remember my failures, very rarely were they followed up with ‘what can you learn from this,’ more often it was an ‘I’m so disappointed.’
Failing should be easy, but after years of behavioral training, it is not. From now on, I’m trying to make a conscious decision to fail at least once per day:)