I Want My Kids to Fail… What a great article! Sounds crazy, but I think we all need to learn how to gracefully lose, and then to pick ourselves up and dust ourselves off.
Thomas Edison said of his attempts at creating the first light bulb that he did not fail 10,000 (yes, that is ten thousand!) times, but rather found 10,000 ways that would not work. He also acknowledged that each way that didn’t work got them closer to the one that did. This is replicated by Jonas Salk as he and his team of scientists worked to find a cure for one of the deadliest and most crippling diseases, polio. They tried many ways to create a vaccine, and many failed. But, had they given up, we may still have children who couldn’t walk, or permanently on a breathing machine.
Think about it, what have you failed at that led you to a great discovery or something bigger and better? What have you failed at recently? If you feel stuck in a rut, have you taken any risks that would move you out of that rut?
- Feb. 23, 1954 | Clinical Trials Begin for Jonas Salk’s Polio Vaccine (learning.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Eradicator of Polio – Dr. Jonas Salk (tvaraj.wordpress.com)
- I Want My Kids to Fail (gettingresultscoaching.wordpress.com)
- Daily thought series: 8 (fireofficermentor.com)
- Failure in the Workplace – Why It’s Good for Innovation (themarlincompany.com)