The importance of project failure

Have you ever been to an interview where you say you have ALWAYS delivered? Beware….Tommy Norman is a great article suggests that if you never fail:

*  you never learn
*  you are not dealing with a strategic project
*  you have not done much

This is a good article and suggests what I have been saying for many years: we should all learn from our mistakes and remember, a person who never made a mistake never learnt anything or as George Bernard Shaw says:

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honourable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.

Read Tommy’s blog here

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2 Responses to The importance of project failure

  1. In grad school one of our principle investigators was from Japan. When we initiaited the procedure to start up a large laser and the associated equipment, Dr. Gamo wnated to know what would be the result. I was too nervous to answer, but my friend piped in “Well Dr. Gamo if we knew the answer to that, it woouldn’t be an experiment woudl it. That’s whjy we haev fire extinguishers.”

    Any one who says that haven’t failed, is either lying or is of little value on your project.

  2. I’ve been on the interview where I’ve heard a candidate has always delivered. As you can guess it didn’t end up hiring him.

    The same is with people who judge their skills for 6 out of 5 or are perfect in any way (or so they say).

    Somehow I prefer normal people who fail from time to time.

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