Over the past few days, I’ve had this conversation three times. When that happens, it screams to be it’s a great blog post.
There are a few ways we learn to grow our brains, careers, personalities etc. I’m a big fan of learning via tutorials, youtube, books and general experimentation. By surrounding myself with people smarter than me, I learn as well.
Who gets jazzed when they succeed in something? When performance review time comes around, you get excited to have a list of items that you did a fantastically well. You walk into your bosses office and say “Hey , boss, check it out. Here’s a list of 23 projects that worked great, and here’s how I impacted each of them.”
Right? You with me ?? (For fun, give me an example in a comment on something you slayed and were happy about!)
When was the last time you talked about a failure on a performance review? I know I haven’t. Shoot.. who wants to talk about failures, especially when all your peers that you may be compared to are only talking about their successes. not me! … until now.
I’ve put a ton of thought into this recently. What do you learn from more? Succeeding at something you know how to do? Or failing and learning something new. Duh. Since the post title is “Learning by Failure”, my conclusion is that you learn more by failing hard. You took a risk, you stepped out of your comfort zone, you made a decision that led to an unknown path….. and failed.
It sucks. Failure hurts.
but, I guarantee you’ll be more valuable now.