I’m not going to lie, one of the best perks about the work I do is that I can do it all while listening to music, radio and podcasts. I love a good podcast, and can find myself binge listening to anything new and engaging especially if it’s about anything design. I’ve recently been turned onto a podcast by my co-hauss Julie called On The Grid. It’s a podcast featuring three designers who call in from across the country to discuss design, its effect on the world and vice versa. The most recent podcast had a segment that really resonated with me about how the design world embraces the concept of failure and makes it seem like it’s something creatives should strive for.
Because you know, once you fail a lot, you’ve really made it.
I’ve always hated this mentality of failure is acceptable, fail a lot, fail hard!
It’s like I see what you’re doing there, but… naw. “Fail Hard” sounds to me like a train wreck. Or a Bruce Willis sequel.
I think it’s a dumb concept some folks rally around. If you’re failing and it continues then maybe you’re doing it wrong. Failing sucks and shouldn’t be worn like a badge of honor. I think I just puke in my mouth a little when I hear some companies sob story about how many times they failed at something before they got it right.
Everyone fails at something at some point in their life. I’m not immune from it either, it happens all the time. Ideas get crushed, logos rejected and so on and so forth but, once you succeed at something that’s when we should be celebrating and trying to reproduce again and again.
I want to hear more about the A-ha moments that finally stuck or changed the clients perspective or began the innovation process.
Those are the stories where I think we can learn the most. Hearing the stories about successful business practices, design processes, client interactions. Those are the places where I take away the knowledge to succeed and then use again in my own work.
We all have sucked at some point, lets get to how we un-sucked.