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

Jan Leyssens is a designer and entrepreneur who strongly believes you can’t turn sustainability into a positive story if your main focus is on negative impact. When designing, he is always looking for the overlap between activism and entrepreneurship, technology and community. His main expertise lies in strategic business model development, Circular Economy, the makermovement, and social innovation. With a background in Industrial Design, Jan quickly shifted his focus towards business design and using the design process in strategic management. Jan is the father of two kids and founder & CEO of Regenerative Design, co-founder of Full Circle, ImpactBoost, and the Circular Design map, podcaster, storyteller, and changemaker.
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