MAK­ING FAIL­ING FOR­WARD the motto of Sil­i­con Val­ley

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Maxwell stated in the book that em­brac­ing fail­ure can be re­ward­ing in the long run. This seems like a vague state­ment if one is un­able to com­pre­hend its in­ner mean­ing. On un­der­stand­ing the con­cept one will re­al­ize that it is bet­ter to face fail­ure as fail­ure is a sign of grow­ing which is closer to suc­cess than medi­ocrity. If one fails, it means he is try­ing his best to progress. If a per­son re­mains where he is, such a medi­ocre ap­proach will never help him move for­ward as he will not make ad­e­quate ef­forts. It is pos­si­ble to achieve suc­cess only by in­dulging in rad­i­cal ac­tion. A draw­back of such rad­i­cal ac­tion is that it holds a higher prob­a­bil­ity of fail­ure. Thus on a sim­pler note, fail­ure comes with sig­nif­i­cant ef­forts.

Com­pa­nies in the Sil­i­con Val­ley aren’t con­cerned with ma­te­ri­al­is­tic in­cre­ment; in­stead fo­cus on ‘chang­ing the world’. It is a rule of life that there is no change with­out fail­ure. This is why the fre­quency of fail­ure is com­par­a­tively higher in the Sil­i­con Val­ley than other spheres of life. The Sil­i­con Val­ley com­pa­nies have ac­cepted this and work on it ac­cord­ingly. They keep enough room for fail­ure in their strate­gies but don’t let it over­whelm them. For this to hap­pen, one needs to avoid tak­ing fail­ure per­son­ally. It is not a per­sonal in­ca­pa­bil­ity. It is just a re­sult of one’s ef­forts. No­tably, never blame an out­side fac­tor for one’s fail­ure. Take full re­spon­si­bil­ity of the fail­ure and work ac­cord­ingly. Try to

spot a ben­e­fit in ev­ery bad ex­pe­ri­ence.

There might be times when one can suc­ceed in the very first try. In such a sit­u­a­tion, don’t get over­con­fi­dent about it. On achiev­ing a par­tic­u­lar mile­stone, don’t get con­tent and rel­ish it. In­stead, set a higher goal and strive to work for it. It is not nec­es­sary that a per­son who at­tains suc­cess once will al­ways be suc­cess­ful. Fail­ure can come to any­one. Never be over­con­fi­dent about your ef­forts. If they lead to fail­ure at the next level, ac­cept it and eval­u­ate on the weak­nesses. Peo­ple train them­selves for suc­cess when they should be pre­par­ing for fail­ure. Suc­cess is eas­ier to han­dle than fail­ure. Life is full of dis­ap­point­ments which barge in un­in­vited. This is when the main ques­tion arises that how will an am­bi­tious per­son deal with it? If one blames oth­ers for it, re­peats the same mis­take, and lets it limit him, it means he is fail­ing back­ward. Fail­ing for­ward is to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for the mis­take with a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude and to chal­lenge out­dated as­sump­tions. One will keep re­peat­ing his mis­takes till he doesn’t learn from them. One’s ac­tions will change when he learns the les­son.

With the help of the the­ory of ‘Fail­ing For­ward’, one will view fail­ure in an ab­so­lutely new light. By ac­cept­ing re­jec­tion, you are not let­ting self­es­teem or ego af­fect the work pro­duc­tiv­ity. Fail­ure does not de­fine you as an in­di­vid­ual. It is sim­ply a price one has to pay to com­plete the jour­ney to suc­cess. So the next time you set up a pro­fes­sional plan, give your­self some space to make mis­takes. Also set the time­line in­clud­ing the time needed to work on these mis­takes. Never reach any con­clu­sion on the ba­sis of fail­ure. Give your­self an­other chance to reach the goal. A true achiever is one who con­sid­ers fail­ure tem­po­rar­ily and does not let it de­fine him. Try to keep the ex­pec­ta­tions re­al­is­tic so that fail­ure does not dis­ap­point you. Fo­cus on your strengths in­stead of over think­ing the draw­backs. Keep try­ing dif­fer­ent meth­ods till you find the one that strikes. Shun neg­a­tiv­ity from your per­spec­tive in or­der to avoid pro­cras­ti­na­tion. Never let the fear of fail­ure take over you as it might par­a­lyze your ef­forts. Keep work­ing in the di­rec­tion of your goal by im­ple­ment­ing the the­ory of Fail­ing For­ward.

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