- You try something new. It does not work, you don’t reach your goal, etc. but you learn something valuable in return (there is a tradeoff). You’re better off for trying and failing than for not trying at all.
- You’ve learned one more way that doesn’t work.
- You can’t say “I should have known better”.
- My mother always said “What did not kill me would sure God strengthen me”.
- You try the same thing again, just as you did the first time, and somehow expect a different result.
- The wife who returns to an abusive husband, expecting he’ll get better.
- The sales rep who won’t change habits despite repeated months of under performance.
- You can say “I should have known better”.
My failed business
My first business failed because there were things I did not know, that I did not know.
Examples of famous failures (Click to see examples of famous failures)
Update 12/26/12: Just found a wonderful interview conducted by CEO Skip Prichard with baseball legend John Smoltz on the benefits of failure.