Toast Your Failures as an Opportunity to Learn

Even MLB All-Stars are out more often than they’re on base. No point in flagellating yourselves for your failures when you can rejoice in them instead:

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Whenever we fail at something, or realize we made a bad decision, it’s easy to get down on ourselves. Instead, try to treat each failure as a lesson learned, and actively celebrate it.

Forbes recently profiled iOS game development shop Supercell which goes out of its way to toast its failures:

Most game studios have an autocratic executive producer green-lighting the work of designers and programmers. Supercell’s developers work in autonomous groups of five to seven people. Each cell comes up with its own game ideas. They run their ideas by Paananen (he can’t remember ever nixing a proposal), then develop those into a game. If the team likes it, the rest of the employees get to play. If they like it, the game gets tested in Canada‘s iTunes App store. If it’s a hit there it will be deemed ready for global release. This staged approach has killed off four games so far, with each dead project a cause for celebration. Employees crack open champagne to toast their failure. “We really want to celebrate maybe not the failure itself but the learning that comes out of the failure,” says Paananen.

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Confession time: We don’t believe this at all. But we know we should. Our advice to readers: Be better than, um, us.


One thought on “Toast Your Failures as an Opportunity to Learn”

  1. Norm Cash, a batting champion and American League MVP, said, “Pro-rated at 500 at-bats a year, that means that for two years out of the fourteen I played, I never even touched the ball.”

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