Failing up. Nope, that isn’t a typo. I am talking about failing and using that failure to help you move up in the world. Inventors do it all the time. They get an idea for an invention, refine, patent it, and along they way they find a whole new invention.Not letting a temporary setback set you back.
That’s more like what I am addressing here. The kind of failure I am writing about today isn’t the kind where you show up two hours late for an appointment, or don’t ever manage to complete your work assignments. That’s a different kind of failure. I am talking about the situations where you accept a position within a company, and realize it’s just not a good fit for you. While you’re there you make the most of the opportunity, learn everything you can, and then hone the skills, take the parts of the job you did like, and turn it into opportunity. I call that failing up. [Read more…]