"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." - Thomas Edison
I try to remind myself that everyone fails. I think it's hard to remember because we don't often share our failures. We are quick to share our best work. Rarely do we share our royal screw ups. Maybe that's why the "nailed it!" meme is so popular. It's a great reminder that we all fail. (And sometimes it's funny!) I thought it might be fun to start sharing some of my failures. Failures are going to come in all shapes and sizes. They can range from disappointing to life-altering.
I'd love to show you a photo of this week's failure but I don't have anything to take a picture of. That was my biggest failure: nothing to show for my work. I wasted $9 on a drawing app for the iPad that doesn't do what I thought it would and is useless to me. I wasted an afternoon of studio time on Monday trying to make that iPad app do what I wanted, which it doesn't. I missed studio time on Thursday. I could make excuses why but bottom line is it didn't get done. Looking back on the week, I failed but what I have I really lost? I lost some time and a little money. It is frustrating and disappointing but no harm done. If you aren't failing, you may not be working hard enough. What was your failure this week?
It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. - Theodore Roosevelt