The Art of Failure …

DebE —  February 4, 2012 — Leave a comment

“…  it’s as simple as that. Once I decided to risk failure I became a more complete person for it. I mean all you gotta do is risk. See you are looking at a better person now.” (Michael DeLuise (as Joey Penhall) in 21 Jump Street episode “Film at Eleven”)


It’s something I try to teach my son. He’s nearly 17 months old and, so far, his tendency is to (literally) throw his toys if he can’t do what he wants to do with them. If I threw my toys (read: computer) every time they didn’t work the way I wanted them to, oh boy, it’d get expensive! Like now. It seems I need to have different browsers for different tasks. Firefox runs some things better, but it is totally crappy for typing up a simple blog entry – for me, anyway. I can type words ahead of what Firefox shows me. Chrome manages the typing fine. But if I want to look at (or play – sheepish look) anything with Flash, I gotta go to Firefox. Gah!

Anyway, that wasn’t the point behind me starting this post.

Ever since I got “nominated” for a Liebster Blog Award, I have been trying to fulfil my part of the deal. Someone linked to me (and four other blogs), now I am meant to do the same: link to 5 blogs. And not just any blogs. They have to have 250 or fewer followers. Not all blogs post their follower number, either, so how am I supposed to pick them? I don’t have a heck of a lot of time to troll through the interwebs finding random blogs that deserve a boost. Not to say I wouldn’t love to. So, what I am going to do, is re-post parts of posts I really like and link to the original post, of course, and also just link to blogs I like. I should do the whole “Blogroll” down the side, shouldn’t I? OK, time to make friends with technology.

Anyway, back to the topic I indicated with my post title. I was just reading this post about failure and thought I would share – even if it is nearly a year old already.

Learning from failure is a good thing. Learning from other’s failures is even better – although I do admit you usually learn more by experiencing things for yourself, there are some things you won’t get the chance to learn from if you make a mistake trying them (such as speeding uber-quick on a motorbike). So, learn from others if you can. Try the things that you can live with the thought of failing at. Well, at least that you can live after failing at.

Wow, this post was just meant to be a quick, light-hearted link … What happened?




Deb E was born in New Zealand’s North Island, but her parents corrected that within months, moving south to Dunedin and staying there. Childhood nights were spent falling asleep to cover versions of Cliff Richard and the Shadows and other Rock ’n Roll classics played by her father’s band, and days were spent dancing to 45 LPs. Many of her first writing experiences were copying down song lyrics. She graduated to scientific reports when she studied a nematophagus fungus in the Zoology department of the University of Otago, trading all traces of popularity for usefulness… then traded both for fiction. Mum of one human & four fur-babies.

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