MAKING FAILING FORWARD the motto of Silicon Valley
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.