What’s right about wrong?
I love this quote from Sir Ken. Makes sense doesn’t it?
Why then, do so many frown on imperfection and the consequences of getting things wrong and making mistakes? Despite our contemporary rhetoric of the virtues of tolerating diverse views, ideas and beliefs, an intolerance of “error” seems to remain in many walks of life and is especially prevalent within the cultures of a lot of our businesses.
I think part of this comes from our steadily increasing expectations around efficiency, optimisation and getting things right first time.
Don’t get me wrong (pardon the pun), I’m a firm believer that it’s good to strive for the best, to do and be our best as individuals, teams, groups and organisations. The irony is that in order to bring this about, we have to be brave enough to make mistakes and get things wrong. As long as we then learn from the experience and adjust, we’ll continue to move forwards towards getting things right!
So getting things wrong and “failing” are important.
Leo Babauta says “Failures are the stepping stones to success. Without failure, we’ll never learn how to succeed. So try to fail, instead of trying to avoid failure through fear”
And if we want to feed originality, which after all, forms the backbone of progress and growth, then fear may well come into the equation. To succeed, we need to feel it (not ignore it) and develop the strength to “do it anyway”. Susan Jeffries has great wisdom on this and her best selling book makes for a powerful read !
Reflecting further on Sir Ken’s quote, I believe that coming up with something original is as much about developing ourselves as it is a new idea, product or concept. Every day we have the opportunity to reflect and release something new in our potential. To explore something about ourselves that we hadn’t touched before.
It also means we’ll get ourselves wrong sometimes.
This can be painful. It can also provide us with rich opportunities for learning more about what makes us tick.
Take a look at the last week, for example. I bet if we think hard enough, we can find something original that we did or thought, evaluate whether we were correct or incorrect about it and then (particularly if the latter) derive some learning from the experience.
By doing this we can exercise our original thinking by encouraging ourselves to develop a more fearless attitude to getting things wrong – in a right kind of way !