Keep the game, change the rules

I would like to talk about failing, failure and the hype surrounding it.

Failing is an inherent part of innovating. The more innovative your project, the bigger the chances are you’ll strand at some point. There is however a big difference between accepting failure as a part of an innovative process and accepting failure tout court.

I have not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work

This quote by Edison is used time and time again, I would like to put your attention on 2 things:

  1. Finding ways that don’t work is not the same as learning something. Experimenting can be extremely fun, but it’s not always useful.
  2. You’ll learn more from succeeding than from failing. Most of the time, when failing, you don’t learn what you should have done, you’ll learn what you did and why that didn’t work. Succeeding in a project however, learns you…

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About leyssensjan

WHY I DO WHAT I DO As a designer and entrepreneur, I want to develop systems that have a strong impact on short term and will guide society towards a more sustainable, social and economically different system in the long term. WHAT I DO I blog about and do projects with people and organisations driven by passion. I'm always on the look for new projects, ideas and people to meet, contact me!
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