“You learn more from your failures than you do from your successes.” But what if this isn’t the case?
A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to go Fast Company’s “Innovation Uncensored” event, where I heard Alex Bogusky speak. He mentioned how, if one spends too much time considering their mistakes, they’d potentially create a harmful environment for themselves. “You are never going to be successful if you think you have to be perfect. You need to try things in order to find things that are going to work.” Alex went on to tell a story about Tony Hawk and how when trying to land a new trick, Mr. Hawk doesn’t view his falls as failures. Instead, he knows it’s going to take at least 100 times to land any trick. Each fall is simply a small “bump” in the road. If he saw each fall as a failure, he’d psyche himself out and never land it.
Like Mr. Hawk, and like Alex Bogusky, let’s embrace this fundamental shift, get passed the “bumps” and focus on our successes.