Failure is awesome. It often gets a bad rap, but I like to sing its praises whenever I can. There are at least three reasons I can see why failure is a good thing.
First, failure is funny. I know I have wasted my fair share of time over at the Fail Blog. It’s amusing to watch fellow humans try so hard at something only to see them stymied. For some reason it reminds me of Camus’ take on absurdity.
Second, failure made us what we are today. All life on earth is a testament to the generative power of failure. The reason life succeeds so totally on earth is because it is constantly failing. Genetic mutations, failed copies of DNA, are the basis for evolution. Life constantly fails to copy itself correctly. Often this results in an unsuccessful life form that dies out or cannot reproduce, but every once in a while a mutation may be for the better. These failed copies allow life to flourish and adapt to changing environments. Failure in this case is a success.
Third, failure is scary but it helps us to succeed. Everyone has failed publicly. Whether it is a botched solo in a choir concert or a bungled job interview, failure doesn’t feel too good. But after that failure you’re changed. After tanking on the interview you figure out where you went wrong, or maybe you realize you are not cut out for public singing. At least now you know. Failure makes us stronger and more knowledgeable for next time.
The fear of failure often causes us to miss opportunities or holds us back from (eventually) doing great things. Failure is inevitable (as evidenced by the hundreds of pages on the Fail Blog). It is part of the human condition. Since this is the case why not embrace failure? I am not saying to purposely fail, but don’t fear or get discouraged when you’re less than successful. Failure is healthy. It helps you evolve into a better person.
So go out there and fail, laugh about it, and don’t forget to take pictures and blog them.