I wrote this in a twitter post this week.....
This seems to be a theme lately as I interact with some people (at least in our industry) they are resigned to "the end" whatever it is. The "He who dies slowest wins" mentality. The race to the bottom seems to be one of how much can we slow down not crashing. I have news for us; there is and will be failure...none are immune. I know I hear you, "ouch Chris, that is painful". YES it is painful, and I HATE failure and probably like you do everything I can to avoid it. I want to and plan on winning and will be incredibly competitive to get there but failure will happen on some level. It may be really small or it may be really BIG. So, an important question is how are we going to handle it?
I read this quote this week in a book review and found it compelling because of the "solution" thought:
"No one talks of failure as anything but shameful; this is wrongheaded and foolish . . . Mistakes are synonymous with learning. Failing is unavoidable. Making is a process, not an end. It is true that deep experience helps avoid problems, but mainly it gives you mental tools with which to solve inevitable problems when they come up." -Tom Jennings, as quoted in Mark Frauenfelder's excellent new book, Made by Hand: Searching for Meaning in a Throwaway World
This is my point:
Some of those solutions will come from successes but some of them will come from failures. Both will happen but if you give up or resign yourself to "ride out the wave" to the end you are doomed for defeat or at least to a life of mediocrity. You can be the person in safety who envies others in their success or gloats in others failures and not have either for yourself or you can live life and be all you were created to be!
I leave you with a quote from Theodore Roosevelt on the subject!
“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows achievement and who at the worst if he fails at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” - Theodore Roosevelt