Wednesday, October 19, 2005

To fail is to learn

"We pay a heavy price for our fear of failure. It is a powerful obstacle to growth. It assures the progressive narrowing of the personality and prevents exploration and experimentation. There is no learning without some difficulty and fumbling. If you want to keep on learning, you must keep on risking failure - all your life." - John W. Gardner, Educator

7 comments:

Rocky said...

darned near the smartest man on the planet. hahaha. That is so true. the best education seems to come from the school of hard knocks.

Rocky Noe said...

That is supposed to say "With that reasoningI must be darned near the smartest man on the planet". Well so much for that theory.

Trevor Gay said...

It mskes me an expert too Rocky :-)

Mike said...

An environment wherein it is OK to fail is mandatory. If the work environment is such that failures are punished, no one will take that risk. If people are allowed to fail, they will take risks in order to try to improve and innovate. Too often, our companies (and gov't offices) severely punish failures and then wonder why no one goes out on a limb to try to innovate.

Trevor Gay said...

I agree totally Mike - I love this quote 'Celebrate glorious failure -punish mediocre success'

Marilyn Jess said...

If you're not failing.....and doing it often...you're not thinking!

Trevor Gay said...

Thanks Marilyn - I agree