Posts Tagged ‘failure’

That kind of culture

Posted: April 10, 2014 in Uncategorized
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One of my most favorite Disney movies has to be Meet the Robinsons. I love this movie. It was about a young man whose last name was Robenson and he was a scientist as well as an orphan who never got picked for adoption oh did I mention that his inventions never seemed to work just right. The boy travels ahead in time on an adventure and meets some interesting people. He is showing the people he meet an invention of his and it goes haywire. He looks around waiting for the disapproval that seems to always accompany failure and is instead rewarded with cheering!


The scientific method is a way in which a scientist can ask and answer scientific questions and answer questions through experimentation and observation. The steps are as follows:

    • Ask a Question
    • Do Background Research
    • Construct a Hypothesis
    • Test Your Hypothesis by Doing an Experiment
    • Analyze Your Data and Draw a Conclusion
    • Communicate Your Results

failure in science is merely an opportunity to adjust one s hypothesis.  I think that the scientific method should be applied and used in all fields of human endeavor.  Asking questions, drawing conclusions and applying proofs isn’t that what we do everyday?

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We will make mistakes. Everyday we will make mistakes and in our culture mistakes are usually not treated as learning experience, but as a source of shame and blame.  That kind of culture is counterintuitive to progress. That kind of culture steeped in the demand for perfection is to be part of a culture that cannot survive.

To survive a culture or way of life must learn adapt and evolve based on knowledge that the culture has learned form their mistakes. While judgement may help to keep order, when used incorrectly judgement can stop a civilization in it’s tracks and do far more harm than good.

The kind of culture we must embrace is one in which we celebrate and learn from mistakes.

Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.







Hey, it’s going to happen.

Posted: December 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

Failure! That’s what it is. That is what is going to happen, you will experience some type of failure in your life. Something is not going to work right for you. You are going to try and not get the results you want. Now I know if you are over the age of 15 and reading this post, you are probably thinking something like, thanks captain obvious, I had no idea I was going to fail because that didn’t happen to me like a million tines already.  So you may know that failure will happen already but did you know this, successful people fail? Yeah, they do they fail a lot. They fail often and they brush it off. Do the failures hurt less? Do they want want they are after less than unsuccessful people? I don’t think so. If that isn’t it than what is it? How do the successful people brush off failure? How can successful people fall a hundred times and get up a hundred and one? How do successful boxers get hit round after round and stay in there through all 13 rounds? What is it? Are they numb? Well there are a few things that keep people going when the going gets tough.

If you have read almost any other post on my blog, you should know that I am a firm believer in the power of an education and knowledge. The chances of success for a fair game are the same for all players involved in the game or event. Now four years ago, before I understood math, I may have typed something about the law of averages here, but that was before I understood math and before I knew that the law of averages in almost every case is hooey.  What no way! The law of averages is gospel it is science. If I get a hundred no’s I am in the position to get a yes, that is how it works. No it is not! The law of averages or “The gamblers fallacy” is not right. There is not a set amount of times something will happen. Every time I flip a coin there is a 1/2 chance for how many times that coin will fall heads up. No matter how many times the coin fell face up. So if it isn’t the law of averages what is it. Well remember earlier on in this post when I used the words, “in a fair game”? Yeah fair is important to keep in mind there. See a successful person knows that life isn’t fair. Someone always enters a situation with an edge. If I were to toss a weighted coin or roll weighted dice the odds would favor one outcome more than the other. Life is weighted and unfair. Men and women learn and do their best to position themselves into an unfair position so that the outcome of the situation will favor them, then they apply hard work and wait for luck.

So when a successful person fails they learn. Why did they fail? Did they lack the edge? If the answer is yes they acquire said edge and try again. Did they not work hard enough? If the answer is yes they try again and apply harder effort. Was luck simply not on there side? That one is easy they just try again.

See what seems like a brush off is more than that. Failure is a learning opportunity, a chance  to get better and know more about who you are.

“I have not failed, I have just found 10,000 ways that don’t work.”

― Albert Einstein

To succeed you have to fail and learn from said failure. If you learned from a failure, I have to ask you was it really a failure after all? I challenge you and me and all of us today get out there and fail, try again and fail and try again and fail whatever you do today never ever give up and never stop learning. That would be true failure, giving up and refusing to learn.




You know what the title is referencing. Yep new years resolutions. That is the standard boiler plate answer for the “stick in the mud” folks. I don’t know how many people I have spoken with this month who have given me this answer, however,  (and I know this is cheesy) if I had a dollar… Well you know I would be set.

I really haven’t, until now, had an answer to this response and know my answer is actually not mine. My answer comes from some one who is much more well know than me.

” To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily.  To not dare is to lose oneself.”  ~Soren Kierkegaard

I mean who would be able to provide a better answer for the fear of failure than Soren Kierkegaard? If anyone understood what it meant to fear lose it would be Kierkegaard. His story is an example for taking a stand on what we know to be right.  If Soren Kierkegaard’s quote is not enough to have you make new years resolutions than maybe this quote will work.

“He can who thinks he can, and he can’t who thinks he can’t. This is an inexorable, indisputable law.”
Pablo Picasso”I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”
Pablo Picasso

Picasso’s art will live on forever his paintings, sculptures and writing have changed the world for the better. It seems that the 91 years this man has spent on earth have been 91 years well spent.
So this new year will be here soon.  Be brave like Kierkagaard was and brilliant like Picasso. Make resolutions even ones you know you will break and when you do break remember this last quote (and then I promise no more quotes in this post).

“The better a man is, the more mistakes he will make, for the more new things he will try. I would never promote to a top-level job a man who was not making mistakes…otherwise he is sure to be mediocre.”

– Peter Druker
This New Year let’s all come together and be more than mediocre let’s resolve to be great!

One with out the other

Posted: October 31, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Ok yesterday I did something. I retweeted I’ve done it before and I will probably do it again. I try not to retweet often. Most of the time I tweet this post and an original or funny thought, but there are moments when I read something someone else has tweeted and I feel I can say this no better ( in 140 letters or less) so I retweet yesterdays retweet was a tweet from JasonOkuma. Jason is an internet entrepeneur and gives advice and motivation for anyone trying to establish an “internet presence”. The tweet (and I retweet one more time) was; “Failure is not the polar opposite of success, but the foundation to attainment of success.”

Jasons tweet came just in time last week I was discussing this same topic with someone I worked with. I came to the conclusion that one cannot truly enjoy and experience success if he has not failed he disagreed. Based on the tweet Jason agrees with me and based on every example I see in the natural world it seems that there has to be failure before true success. Even in the supernatural world this seems to be the order of the day. How does the quote go?

“You have to die to get to heaven.” I know morbid right? Sorry I didn’t make the quote and I am not sure about the need for failure but I do know it exists and everyone will at sometime experience it. The most important thing is to accept, learn and know that unless you quit everyone will also succeed, because you cannot have one with out the other.