Friday, 22 February 2013

Real men fail.

This is my first blog post! Yay! I might be about 8 years late onto the blogging scene but I'm sure happy to be here. My first blog post is about failure. Well it's about the word to fail. Fail has become a bit of a dirty word on the Internet. It's something you yell at people to mock them or floating text you put over the head of the guy who just faceplanted a tree. But when you step into the entrepreneurship scene (and it is as much of a scene as hipsterism or emo culture or whatever in that it's a lifestyle choice with which people identify themselves) you hear time and time again that you need to fail as many times as possible and as quickly as possible in order to succeed. Now perhaps the guy with a face full of bark and very few remaining teeth hasn't returned to the slopes in a hurry, but when he did, he probably gave the trees a wide berth.

Don't worry, I'll get it right next time.
I'm not arguing about the virtues of failing with dignity or whatever, I'm here to talk about psychology. We all know that the people around us have a profound influence on our emotional state, and we all know that the internet is so pervasive as to be unavoidable. Ergo, the internet has a profound influence on our emotional state. Using the word 'fail', which the internet has shamelessly stripped of all its glory, to describe your route to success is just inviting those negative emotions into your life. Life is hard enough without, thanks. I say it's better to focus on the minutia of your unsuccesses that give you cause for hope and seeds for learning, rather than branding the whole endeavor a failure.

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