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“You know what our problem is here? We need to celebrate failure more”

Whaaat?!? NO…we don’t…

Failure: a lack of success.

Synonyms: nonfulfillment, defeat, collapse, floundering, flop, megaflop, washout, dead loss, snafu, clinker, dud, no-go

Not sure about you, but I’m not ready to celebrate any of that stuff. Sounds like a shitty party and I’m fairly sure I won’t have fun.

I mean, I get the point. I just want to shift the focus.

Over the years, I’ve worked on or led numerous innovation initiatives for a large company. I have also had the opportunity to work with startups in various capacities, so over the last several years other large companies have asked me to help them use entrepreneurial principles to develop a better approach to innovation. How can we be more innovative? Many times, as we discuss various issues they face or possible paths forward, we talk about the change in mindset required to move from mature business model focus to entrepreneurial thinking across the organization. One topic that always comes up is the need to be less risk adverse or how most big companies have little tolerance for failure. …

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This is the end, I thought.

Then, it hit me. That music in my head. Wait, I remember this song…yeah!!

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end,” ~Semisonic, “Closing Time” from the 1998 album, “Feeling Strangely Fine”

No…wait…I saw it somewhere else…

“Every new beginning comes from other beginnings end” ~Seneca ((ca. 4 BC — 65 AD)

Rather than go into a lengthy explanation of why it matters, I think Natalie Frank says it best right here in this Quora post:

“The quote, “Every new beginning comes from other beginnings end,” speaks to the circular nature of life. Things begin. Things end. The end of one thing leads to the beginning of another. As humans, we need to keep our lives full. Full of family, full of friends, full of new challenges, full of enjoyable activities. Once something ends, be it a relationship, a college degree, a job, the ability to perform certain activities, if we pay attention and keep our eyes and hearts open we will see how that previous situation leads directly into something new.”

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