“We failed, but in the good providence of God apparent failure often proves a blessing. “ – Robert E. Lee
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky
“Failure is always an option.” – Adam Savage, Mythbuster
“Make excellent mistakes.” – Dan Pink (via Johnny Bunko)
Here’s another question: Did you learn anything from it? My guess is the answer is “Yes.” Some of our best lessons emerge from dismal failure. We all know the story of Edison who supposedly said of his lack of success along way to developing the incandescent light, “I haven’t failed, I’ve found 10,000 ways that don’t work.” Every “failure” is an opportunity for significant insight, if we will only pay attention.
Please allow me to quote the sprite Diana from Dan Pink’s The Adventures of Johnny Bunko (if you have not read this excellent little tome, you should, it takes only about 15 minutes!!): “the most successful people make spectacular mistakes – huge, honking screwups! …each time they make a mistake, they get a little better and move a little closer to excellence.”
So, get out there and make a mistake! You could LEARN something!