Peon failure looks like this:
- Didn't care to start with.
- Didn't try very hard.
- Afraid to go all in.
- Hedged the bets.
- Selfishly framed endeavor.
- Meaningless project to start with.
- Wasted energy, wasted time.
Wholesome failure looks like this:
- Tried hard, missed goal.
- Invested fully, but no soap.
- Planned well, deployed poorly.
- Lofty goal, just fell a little short.
- All guns blazing, not quite enough bullets.
- Learned a ton from it, even if a bit painful.
One of my friends is fond of saying, "A good loser is still a loser." I don't agree. We ALL experience failure. It's just part of life.
Failing (or losing) can make us better, or it can lessen us. We get to determine that much from the git go, which has a whole lot to do with whether we end up failing or not.
By thinking big,
by trying hard,
by choosing worthy,
we get to frame the outcome (whether we reach the goal or not).