Fail Better

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”

–  Samuel Beckett

It seems for many businesses it’s really “feel better.”

Don’t rock the boat.  Don’t make waves.  Don’t call attention to yourself.  And certainly don’t put yourself in a position where you might be seen as making a mistake.

That’s comfortable.  That feels good.  Until it doesn’t any more.

Until you realize you no longer understand what your customers really want.  Until you realize the competition is pulling ahead.  Until  you realize you haven’t innovated on anything meaningful in years.  Until you realize you did not even try.

Leadership requires taking chances.  Leadership requires failing.   In fact, it requires failing faster than the other guy and learning and evolving.

Don’t be afraid to fail.  Fail better.

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29 thoughts on “Fail Better

  1. Wonderfully worded. I’m trying to get in the daily habit of channeling Eleanor Roosevelt. I love her mindset about fear and try to take her advice to “Do one thing everyday that scares you.” I’m guessing she never really got around to crossing off ‘See a proper hairdresser’ on her list of fearful things. Still, sage words. Yours resonate as well.

  2. so true. the way to success is paved with failures.

    failure is just feedback. you should not fear negative feedback, since it shows where you need to get better.

  3. Its like you read my mind! You seem to know a lot about this,
    like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that
    you could do with some pics to drive the message home a bit, but other
    than that, this is great blog. A fantastic read.
    I will certainly be back.

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