From an early age we’re lead to believe that failure is bad…
Take a look at the picture on the left. It depicts the developmental stages we go through as an infant from being able to rotate your neck (preceded by your eyes) all the way to being a biped (using two legs for walking).
This process from birth to around 36 months consists of exploring areas that we haven’t previously been. It consists of many, many falls, knocks, bangs, tears, pain…but without thinking we intuitively begin the whole process of being willing to fail in a means for our amazing brain to learn all the lessons required to organise 225 joints & some 600+ muscles that enable us to become bipeds – all of which occurs in 0.6-0.8 of a second!
The physical & emotional connotations associated with the word fail or mistake for that matter are deeply ingrained often from an early age. Adults are often all too quick to evaluate what children do/don’t do with their adult brain forgetting how many more years experience they have had compared to a young inexperienced infant brain – the prefrontal cortex (the part of our brain that processes conscious thought) isn’t ‘fully wired’ until around 7 years of age.
The same applies in other aspects of life personally & professionally regardless of physical age, fear of judgement is one of the fastest ways to create paralysis, but paradoxically it’s only through F.A.I.Lure that we learn.
James Dyson the inventor of the cyclone hoover pictured left failed 5127 (we call these prototypes) before he succeeded in making a version that he was happy with. Since then there have been many more design updates made to his original design as well as a number of other innovative products added to the DYSON line. He’s received a knighthood & is estimated to be worth around $4.6 billion according to Forbes. What if James Dyson hadn’t been willing to F.A.I.L?
The most successful people in the world all have one thing in common is a willingness to do what they haven’t previously done, go (mentally or physically) where they haven’t previously been & THINK critically and consciously about each experience and how they can refine the process next time.
REACTION a subconscious action based on self survival with the exclusion of other …
RESPONSE a conscious action to an event based on thrival of all…
Albert Einstein is famous for saying doing the same thing over & over & expecting a different result is the definition of madness. Yet we (as a nation) do this so often. We are quick to condemn & slow to learn.
As I wrote in my blog Making Change Happen in many instances we only have 5 seconds or less before the part of our brain ‘kicks in’ & sends us right back into our old actions and habits – that sometimes drive us or other mad.
Be it physical movement, emotional well-being or professionally to achieve what you’ve never had you have to be willing to fail, do what you’ve never done, go where you’ve never been – and not just once! Again and again just like James Dyson’s 5127 times.