Hello SOTGC community,
“We are all failures – at least the best of us are.” – J.M. Barrie
When you think of failure, what emotions do you feel? Personally, I feel fear. Deep fear. As a woman, I tend look towards perfectionism. Failure is imperfect. Failure is raw. Failure is risky. However, what I am learning is that failure, and the act of failing at a faster rate, is the only way to succeed in today’s business world.
In Katty Kaye and Claire Shipman’s New York Times bestselling book The Confidence Code and subsequent article “The Confidence Gap,” they discuss ways in which women can quickly gain confidence. In their discussion, failure is a common theme. Women tend to shy away from failure, quietly working on a project until it is completely perfect, Kay and Shipman allude. We want every detail to be flawless, so we spend hours upon hours crafting each element. On the other hand, if we simply gave way to caution and supplied a bigger volume of projects and ideas, we would have a great chance at success! Many of our ideas would fail, granted, but because we would be supplying more concepts we would have a greater chance at success!
Kaye and Shipman explain, “Fail fast, as it happens, is a techie buzz phrase, and more important, a hot business strategy. It’s based on the principle that it’s better to throw together a bunch of prototypes, roll them out quickly, and see which one sticks, and toss the rest. These days, the world won’t wait for perfection, and spending the time endlessly refining your product is just too expensive. Failing fast allows for constant adjustment, testing, and then quick movement toward what will actually work. The beauty is that when you fail fast, or early, you have a lot less to lose. Usually you are failing small, rather than spectacularly. And you have a lot to gain from learning as you fail.”
For many women it’s learning to say “that’s good enough” both at work and at home. Perfectionism is the enemy of success, and failure is the antidote to building confidence. If we are not afraid to fail, there are no limits to what we can accomplish!
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