Failure? Why not?

Hmmm. Judging from the views of this space, the puns are not packing them in!

Wonder if they are driving them away.

 So maybe the pun of the day will go into the list of failed ideas I am celebrating. However, if you want them, let me know. I’m nowhere near out of them.  I’m also having second thoughts about a daily blog post. Kim DeYoung, who sends me free advice about blogging, suggests three posts a week. Perhaps quality over quantity is best.
Well, I’m fairly new at this, so I would appreciate feed back from either of my regular readers. (You know who you are.)

Note that I said I’m celebrating my failures. At laugh2learn training sessions we almost always take time to celebrate failure. (I know I have written about this before, but it is so important it bears repeating.) If you Google “failure quotes,” you will find dozens of them, but my favorite is from Michael Jordan:

 I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.

It’s somewhat ironic that I encourage everyone to accept and celebrate failure. Once in a conversation with my friend and colleague Andrea Engstrom, I was ranting on about how acceptance and celebration of failure is such a big part of improv based training, and how I always include a “celebrate failure” exercise in my training sessions. Not too much deeper into the conversation, I confessed that I wasn’t a very good salesman because I had a tremendous fear of rejection. Andrea just looked at me.

“Oh,” I said in a very small voice. “Fear of rejection is a lot like fear of failure, isn’t it?”

The next week I called on three potential clients, and two of them scheduled training sessions!

Sometimes you just have to practice what you preach!

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3 Comments

  1. Failure is just one more experience thst you learn from!

  2. isn’t it a fact that the majority of millionaires have 2 bankruptcies and a fire.. or the other way around?

  3. 11:06pm? Fail! it’s 6:06… or I missed daylight savings time again….


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