Fail to Succeed

by Saul Edmonds

‘I didn’t fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.’

(Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790)

In our broader society, ‘failure’ implies deficiency. Our culture places high stock on ‘winning’, ‘achievement’ and ‘success’ however providential.

Yet wiser heads view life as a continuum, a sine curve, a graph where any worthwhile achievement has it’s lion’s share of trials and tribulations. Oftentimes, ‘failure’ is sharply applied towards ourselves if we do not ‘live up to our own expectations’.

Creative Failure

Creativity is a process. Works are revised and refined as we seek to produce meaningful and well resolved creative solutions.

Failure’ is essentially due process and as such is an essential element of all innovation. A willingness to take risks characterises all genuine creatives - experimentation, trail and error, exuberant recklessness.

Constructive failure should be readily embraced.

In many ways our culture promotes an oppositional win/lose paradigm. This is limiting where both ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ are restricted by narrow notions of success. The reality is a broad panorama where benefit exists mostly in the process of trying.

To avoid failure may be to avoid success.

by Saul Edmonds