“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
I would be stating the obvious if I were to say that none of us are purely perfect human beings and that we don’t have an ability to act and think flawlessly. That being said, it’s understandable to say that most of us are absolutely terrified of the very thought of failing, and when we do fail, we’re heavily being conscious about peers judging us. Without having the ability to fail, we put ourselves in a world where we have no idea on what our strengths and weaknesses are. As a consequence, life becomes plain as vanilla for every one of us.
When I’m not writing or working on the latest marketing project at Our IdeaWorks, I’m a swimming coach at a local pool. Most of the kids that I coach or teach swimming are between the ages of 8 to 14. Kids at this age are almost encouraged to fail, because when they’re doing an activity, they won’t have the slightest idea of what they’re doing wrong. As a consequence, it’s hard for me to do my job.
Failing at something is almost like experimenting, you never know until you try. You fail at something, you attempt to do something else until something clicks. I’ve been around children for most of my early adulthood through coaching water polo or swimming, and I have been pleasantly surprised about the fact that almost all of these kids that I’ve coached are undaunted about failing. Children around this age are all about having fun at something whether or not they’re good at it.
Innovators are the same way. Failing is a natural part of the process when coming up with a new idea. If innovators have no idea how to fail, then it’s impossible for them to describe what can be improved on so they can make their idea better. We’re always looking for better, and I think having the ability to fail fosters that tendency.
Nicholas P. Saichin
March 1, 2016