The article illustrates how failure should never be considered as the end. We may get things wrong several times while making an attempt to get it right, but such failure should not stop us from getting what we strived for. Failure, in fact gives us experience which we can be very useful. The drug Salvarsan is such a great example. The creator of it failed 606 times before making it work. Had the creator given up on Salvarsan, we would not have this very useful compound invented. So, failure should never be considered as an end, but it should rather be a motivating factor.
It doesn't matter how many times you fail as long as you learn something from it. That's the most important thing. Everyone is going to fall down a couple time but it's how you get back up that matter. To me success and failure go hand and hand. The main thing is if you keep trying and trying eventually you'll get it. So keep working hard and fighting to meet your goals and it will happen.
When Thomas Edison was asked about his failures on inventing the light bulb, he simply said he just learned ways on how not to build a light bulb. He didn't view his failures as stumbling blocks, but as learning experiences. If you do not at first succeed at something it does not mean you were not meant to do it, it just means you must persevere and try again. We would get no where as people if we viewed failures as the end of the road.
Sandor's message is quiet similar to Mark Cuban's as well as many other business people. Failure should never be accepted as just failure. Instead, failures should be considered trial runs until you reach success. With the example given, the reader should realize that no matter how many times they fail, the eventual success could have incredible outcomes. From this article I gained additional ways to referred people in the future as to why they should never give up upon failure.
1,000 That is the number of times it took Thomas Eddison to finally have a working light bulb. He is an example of many, including Sandor, that his unsuccessful attempts lead to one of the greatest inventions of our time. Sandor is a great example in showing that "failures" lead to success. They are not true failures if they lead you somehere after trial and error; just like the saying of a "dead end" it isn't one if it brings you somewhere. Some of us will indeed lose hope and give up, but I am so glad many of our great philosophers didn't. The beauty of this great story, and in mostly all cases, is that you don't go back to square one because you have valuable knowledge from the previous trials that could lead to something you didn't quite see before. Something I live by is "we are closer to what's infront of us than what's behind us." We can not move forward if we keep dwelling on our mistakes, we must proceed to the next chapter to be successful.
Post by Holland Bussell on Aug 30, 2013 15:56:08 GMT -6
This can be viewed as something similar to the previous Mark Cuban article. The only difference is how they view failures. They don't believe in failures at all, but instead see them as experiments or steps until the final product or goal is met. I think that is a unique way to look at it since if you view it directly as a failure it would be recognized as negativity, disappointment, or even uninspiring. Richard Sandor's approach diminishes the drawbacks from feeling failure and instead envision a continuing process until you have achieved an end result.
Post by kathrynprieto on Aug 30, 2013 19:35:02 GMT -6
Instant MBA: There Is No Such Thing As Failure
In my opinion, failure is a great way to learn how to do something right. Unfortunately, most of us do not get everything right the first time. Perseverance is important to be successful. As long as you keep trying, eventually you should get where you want to be. Learn from your mistakes and you can only go up. (Hopefully your mistakes don't cost too much money!) Albert Einstein said "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." As long as you take that advice to heart and learn from your mistakes you should be rewarded in life and especially in your career.
Post by ernestmajoue on Aug 31, 2013 8:31:50 GMT -6
I agree to a point with this article as long as you take your failure as a learning experience and not a repetition to keep failing. Basically learn from your mistakes and do not repeat them. As with this article and the last do not give up and keep pursuing with your vision and goals. Getting better from your failures shows your strength and resilient towards your goals in business.
Post by beccabourgeois on Aug 31, 2013 11:54:34 GMT -6
People refer to failure in many different ways. Some think of it as a "trial and error" process. Richard Sandor refers to it as "clinical experiments". I like his theory that there is no such thing as failure. I guess it's people's own opinions as to whether something is a complete failure or just experiments. To me, it is not considered failure until you have given up completely. When you stop trying to fix things and succeed then I would consider it a failure. But as long as you are still making the effort, it is just trial and error to me! It doesn't always take the first try to get something right, sometimes you takes multiple attempts before succeeding. I guess the best thing to do when it doesn't happen right away, is to keep your head up and continue with your best foot forward.
Although I love the idea of this advice, I feel like it is not really practical for every business. For instance, in the situation in the article it makes since to consider wrongs as experiments instead of failures because they are dealing with creating products that is more trial and error than anything. For businesses that are dealing more with permanent decisions, their wrong doings can not really be called an experiment. I think that even though this advice could be fitting for some companies, it is not fitting for all. Instead of trying to take failure out of businesses altogether, managers should teach their employees to learn from their failures instead of ignore them or try to pass them off as something else.
Perseverance is important when obtaining any goal in life. There are always going to be road blocks but you have to want something bad enough to push through them. Not everything is going to go as planned and you are going to make mistakes. You have to learn from your mistakes though. If everyone quit after failing one time, we wouldn't have half the things we have today.
I love the term clinical experiments as opposed to failures. I think the failure is when you don't succeed and then you quit, that's failure. But when you don't succeed like you intended and then preserve, learn, and correct your mistakes, that is just a clinical experiment! All the clinical experiments that you go through should be used like ammo to tackle the next obstacles that you will need to overcome on your road to success.
Being successful will most likely not come on the first try. You need to have determination and perseverance to succeed. We are humans and we will get things wrong all the time, but you can not quit if you fail at something. We would be quitting everyday jobs or projects if that was the case. One should get up and keep trying until you get it right. At the end the hard work will pay off.
Post by christiebrown on Sept 3, 2013 7:48:37 GMT -6
I agree with this advice. I think that if you don't stick to what you believe in or if you just give up easily, you'll never really get the things you truly want or satisfy any of your goals. It is hard to keep trying to keep reaching for success when you fail time after time, however, if you don't keep trying, you'll never know what you're truly capable of.
Failure is another word for lesson. You need to fail in order to learn from your mistakes. If you don’t have mistakes how will you learn how to fix problems, or how to react to it? For example, some students always fail their first test. Failing your first test let you know how to study for the next test, and you know what you did wrong. Failure can be used for success as long as you continue to pass yourself to do better.
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