Why failure is inspiring

I didn’t really manage to write a blog this week. This one’s late and a tiny bit thrown together. I know the world won’t end over that, but it does feel like a little bit of a failure.

Sometimes I have a bit of baggage about failure. I suspect most of us do. Failure gets an awful lot of bad press.

Which is sad. Because failure is actually something we should be proud of and learn to embrace. You can’t try anything really daring or new without risking failure, perhaps epic failure and many times over.

An inspiring video about some very famous “failures” who went on to prove everyone wrong.

According to a Time Magazine article by Allie Townsend called “The Importance of Failure: Why We’re Wrong About Being Right” (13/10/2011)

Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer in the mid-1970s, a time when the cost of failure inside the freshman computing industry of Silicon Valley was next to nothing. “He wasn’t afraid to fail,” said Monumental Sports & Entertainment founder Ted Leonsis. “People forget the Lisa. It was his first attempt at a mobile device and it failed so badly they kicked him out of the company. His is the greatest comeback of all time.”

Malcolm McLaren had a similar lack of fear about failure

“I was taught that to create anything you had to believe in failure, simply because you had to be prepared to go through an idea without any fear. Failure, you learned, as I did in art school, to be a wonderful thing. It allowed you to get up in the morning and take the pillow off your head.”

And Bruce Lee was quoted in Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee’s Wisdom for Daily Living as saying

“Don’t fear failure. — Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.”

So while I’m not sure my own situation necessarily counts as a “glorious” failure, it seemed like a good excuse to mention a few. (And hopefully I will succeed in getting my blogs together on time next from now on. But if not, that’s okay, too.).

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