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Love of Failure

Page history last edited by Richard Karpinski 11 years, 7 months ago

Love of Failure

New Maxims for Reaching Success in the Face of Uncertainty

   by Richard Karpinski, Damian Crowe, and you?

 

1. Fail early.

2. Fail often.

3. Fail quickly.

4. Fail cheaply.

5. Fail carefully, to maximize learning.

 

Supporting discussion

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Please add your questions, answers, arguments pro and con, footnotes, links to reference materials, revisions, and so forth. You got this because I thought not only that it might interest you, but also that you might contribute to its utility to ourselves and others. You may opt out explicitly if you are not interested in such missives, or implicitly by simply ignoring or discarding them.

 

Key: Q - Question, A - Answer, + - Support, X - Oppose, N - Note, L - Link, R - Reference

Rules: Answers must only follow Questions, and Support or Oppose must only follow Answers

 

0. Love of Failure

Q Why do you say this?

    A Failures are valuable to success and yet we hate them much too much.

        + We can learn more from failures that from successes.

        X Failures discourage us and make us stop trying.

        + Edison invented electric lighting by failing thousands of times in a row.

        + In learning something new, we only need to succeed once.

        + We can modify our behavior in response to constructive feedback associated with failure.

        +

        X

 

1. Fail early.

Q Why?

        + So we can try something else.

        + So we won't stay stuck here.

        +

        X

 

2. Fail often.

Q Why?

        + Success is uncertain so we try, try again.

        + If the risk of failure is less than 100%, by trying often enough we raise our chance for success.

        +

        X

 

3. Fail quickly.

Q Why?

        + So we can try something else soon and reach success faster.

        +

        X

 

4. Fail cheaply.

Q Why?

        + So we can afford to try again, repeatedly.

        +

        X

 

5. Fail carefully, to maximize learning.

Q Why?

        + We can learn more, faster, if we arrange our tries so we can learn from them if they fail.

        +

        X

 

 

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