In a rather extensive twitter thread, we’ve been discussing how “failure” serves us. The consensus seems to be: failure is a good thing if we learn from it. So if it’s a good thing, why do we fear it? (Since after all, we can always elect to learn from it.)
- @candees: we’re afraid of others’ perceptions of us when we fail.
- @harrowdrive: we get conditioned to fear failure as kids.
- @starshyne: we equate project failure with failure as a person
- @smsaxon: we think failure will be permanent
- @erebor (Ryan Waldron): we don’t know the cost beforehand, so we fear the cost will be too high.
- @cathystucker: failure is embarassing
When others fail
We’re pretty much not as judgmental as we fear others will be.