… what do you think of failure?


When you fail at something do you treat yourself the same way as you treat others when they have failed?

Do you give yourself, and others, a hard time when failure hits?

Do you take stock and value from the situation or doesn’t it stop your from moving forward?


I’ve recently seen a few posts on social media that have got me thinking about failure:


1. A colleague of mine took great courage to share a failure he had experienced and how it had resulted in turning their career around and being able to offer a new service to clients.

The comments he received with this post were mixed to say the least: some were finding it incredulous that he would share the story so openly while others applauded the courage and stated how fortunate clients would be to have a professional with such deep and brand experience.

2. Another post, check the screen shot:



This one drew lots of comments about the value of failure which I think could give you some great food for though in your own team- and self-leadership:


“Couldn’t agree more. I never recruit project [managers] who don’t have a horror story! I don’t want people who are untested in a crisis, plus I like to see how their learnings shaped future approaches.”

“Too many people fear failure so much they never try anything.”

“I heard a story of a manager who failed and it was costly to the business. He asked the M.D. if he’d be fired. The reply came back “well now we’ve spent this much on training you, we’ll keep you”.”

“Failure is only negative if it’s not used as leverage for improvement. It’s not the failure that’s the problem, it’s the actions that follow that are important.”

“I’d pick someone who has failed and overcome than someone who landed in success by luck. How can one teach, guide or coach luck. Love and totally agree “I consider experience to be experience”.”


I’d love to know your thoughts.

And here’s a few minutes of complete failure for your enjoyment:

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