Is There Really Such a Thing As A Good Failure?
Defining Success and Failure
Deconstructing Failure (And Success)
- What was the experience? During Mr. And Mrs. Smith's wedding, the bride's dress was ripped by a loose nail.
- What was the outcome of the experience? Just the facts. No conclusions or action items. Just write down what happened. In this case, someone missed a nail sticking out of the ground, and it ripped the bride's dress.
- Draw conclusions. We were not as diligent in surveying the environment as we should have been.
- Craft a plan for the future. From now on, someone will be responsible for conducting a final sweep of the aisle to make sure it is hazard-free.
Your Challenge, If You Choose To Accept It
The late Morty Lefkoe, founder of The Lefkoe Method and the Lefkoe Institute, famously taught that everything that happens around us is simply an event. It has no inherent meaning until we assign it meaning. That ripped dress? Just an event. You can choose to wallow in the horror of watching a bride tear her gown, or you can use it as a valuable learning experience to ensure it never happens again.