People mention ‘failure’ a lot on here (LinkedIn) and they say it is essential to success. Does that mean we ought to fail as if on purpose? Well, no. And two new books, available at your library if you do not want to spend money, is out that discusses the type of ‘failure’ that leaders face and NO, it is not on purpose though it is as natural as breaking a new egg to make breakfast.
In Hustle, a wonderful read for ‘sales’ types, famous digital-marketer Neil Patel says this of ‘failing’. Embrace the fear of failure because it is better than being in a ‘Cycle of Suck’, which is doing things without any ‘real’ feelings for them.
In Joy On Demand, Google engineer and Noble Prize winner, Chade-Meng Tan, illustrates ‘successful’ failing using the analogy of juggling. Basically illustrating that the process from juggling two balls to three, or of juggling three to four, entails failing and ‘starting over again’ because each number of ball is a different ‘game’. So that if you can juggle two balls right now, you might lose trying to juggle four because it is totally different, and to get there entails naturally failing before succeeding.
Together, the two books are saying that ‘we are caught in a Cycle of Suck, juggling two balls, when we ought to try for more.’