Fail more

I just updated my LinkedIn summary. Here’s the new intro:

Geir Isene – Helping people fail

In order to improve, you need to succeed and learn from your successes. But you can learn even more from your failures. Don’t let your striving for success, doing your best and finding the perfect solution stop you from trying and failing and learning even more. Fear of failing can be the biggest obstacle to advancement. You should habitually go outside your comfort zone. Allowing yourself to fail is not enough. Actually failing is required. I help people fail.

Here is one take on why:

9 thoughts on “Fail more

  1. How true. I’ve been telling people for years that in software systems the most important things to isolated is what you must not do. This always involves doing that thing at least once and observing the reason why it’s not a good idea 😀

    Sadly, too many folks don’t listen and find this out when stuff moves to production. They should have found this out at the alpha or beta phase. Oh well. We can’t really protect human from themselves.

    1. Yes, Allan. And a happy Day of ‘Reconciliation’ to you too! 😉

      Well, unfortunately / fortunately, being self-employed, I am caught up in both sides of the equation; planning and production! Since more often than not, our work is tackled without the luxury of time for reference to precedent/s. The failures, then, certainly have a double impact!!

      Geir’s point (and yours!) taken for their value. One needs to simply GET it! without the F*&^)H#*&@^&*()) frustration and disappointments hey?

      Oh so easy-to-say, not to do, me bru! 😀

  2. I find that always searching for new ideas, new viewpoints, new avenues of application of data, etc. This is what moves us forward to more success. Always enjoy the nudge that most of your blog posts have. This is so in tune with your comment and video.

    I shamelessly lift the following paragraph from here –

    ” Another method worth relying on is constant iteration, even when you feel like you’ve landed on the best idea, iteration increases the likelihood of getting things right. The only way to get there is, of course, to iterate. Drawing or writing quickly on the whiteboard, in a notebook, or on sticky notes, is a great way to iterate without feeling like you have to perfect the ideas you’re exploring. To quote Steven Johnson from his book Where Good Ideas Come From: “Being right keeps you in place. Being wrong forces you to explore.” “

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