Failure is Good

This is an excellent piece of writing, advice with a wonderful photograph thrown in as bonus!

In Flow with Otto


Failure is inevitably linked with art – and life for that matter. Well, it’s also linked to success if you think about it. To put it a little harshly; if we don’t experience failures it’s because we don’t live – or we don’t create, when talking about arts. And if we don’t dare to make failure we will never succeed, either.

Life and art is about jumping from an airplane without knowing how a parachute really works, but hoping it will. It’s about taking chances, knowing that often they won’t lead to anything – or at «worst» to failure. I use brackets because failures aren’t necessarily bad. On the contrary; you can use them as stepping stones to learn more, to become better next time, to evolve, to grow. In my post Weakness as Potential Strength I wrote: By figuring out where our weaknesses lie, we can take steps to…

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  1. I agree, failure is part of the cycle of life. Through failure, we are given a chance to learn until we eventually succeed or get closer to success. We set goals—consciously or unconsciously—and work toward those one step at a time and every time we fall, we either get up and start walking again or we give up and crawl into a hole hide from the hardships and challenges life throws at us.

    Then there are those who refuse to even try because they fear failure of any kind.

    Adds truth to the old saying about survival of the strongest and/or fittest. It isn’t physical strength or intelligence that makes us strong. It’s the will to keep getting up and continuing on the journey toward a goal we may never reach but we don’t let anything stop us.

    And that leads to another old saying—-the journey is more important than the destination. If you fear the journey, you will never go anywhere.

    1. This is very true. I like that article a lot, because it does represent much of what is happening in my life right now. It was all happiness and joy (of sorts) when I was a corporate honcho. Now that I am on my own, and facing my own set of struggles, I must admit that there are times when I question myself. Then, I kick myself and say, “Get a move on, you old geezer”!
      What I also know, is that if I ever get back to the corporate world, I will be a better leader for this experience. But, I am not sure if I will ever go back

      1. If you are capable of supporting an acceptable life style, why would you want to go back into that jungle? Even if you are the CEO who also owns a majority of the company, there are still challenges—competitors out to destroy you and drive you out of business.

        I know that I would rather die than go back to the classroom as a teacher—not in the caustic environment that exists in public education in the United States today that is all about punishment and blame aimed mostly at teachers no matter how hard they work and what challenges they face.

      2. Yeah. The more I am out of that jungle, the less inclined I am to go back. The only temptation is the money. Nothing else.
        I did not realise that the teaching environment in the US is that bad.

      3. If you have enough money to survive on comfortably, don’t let the money trap you in an environment that might eat you. I think that most of the corporate world is a flesh eating jungle.

        Yes, the teaching envinroment in the US is much worse than you might imagine. For a peek at how bad it is, I suggest you read this post that came out today on Diane Ravitch’s Blog. Ravitch is leading the resistance and helping it organize to fight back against the corporate manufactured crises in public education. Ravitch is a former assistant secretory of education for the U.S. under G. W. Bush. When she discovered what was going on, she did a 180 degree shift and became a whistle blower to the public so they could learn what was going on behind their backs. Now she is a national leader of the resistance to save the public schools.

        The public schools in the US are funded mostly by taxes in each state and the total adds up to about one trillion US dollars annually. The fake education reformers have been trying to get their hands on that money for decades and under Presidents G.W. Bush and Obama, they finally have what they have always wanted, an open door to destroy the public education system in the US and turn the children over to corporations and religions to profit off taxpayers. With the private sector in charge of teaching our children, the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights won’t protect the children and parents rights to be parents. The U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights was written to protect the people from the government and not corporations. Once the democratic public schools are gone, parents will lose many of their rights to raise their children as they want and corporations run by CEOs will be in charge.

        We are seeing the democratically run, transparent public schools being replaced by opaque, profit driven corporate run Charter schools in cities and states. So far the corporate fake reform movement has gained control in North Caroline, Florida and a number of cities. A few states slammed the door on this movement but most were bought off by hundreds of millions of dollars in grants—really bribes—that mostly came from Bill Gates who has partnered with Obama’s White House to destroy the democratic public schools.

        A number of books have also come out recently from members of the resistance who are fighting to save the public schools from these corporations. What’s interesting is that a major player in the destruction of the public schools is a UK corporation called Pearson that partnered with the White House and Bill Gates.

        Reign of Error
        By Diane Ravitch

        Diane Silvers Ravitch is a historian of education, an educational policy analyst, and a research professor at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. Previously, she was a U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education under President G. W. Bush. She was appointed to public office by Presidents H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

        50 Myths and Lies That Threaten America’s Public Schools:
        The Real Crisis in Education
        By David C. Berliner, Gene V Glass, Associates

        David C. Berliner is an educational psychologist and bestselling author. He was professor and Dean of the Mary Lou Fulton Institute and Graduate School of Education. Gene V Glass is a senior researcher at the National Education Policy Center and a research professor in the School of Education at the University of Colorado Boulder.

        A Chronicle of Echoes:
        Who’s Who in the Implosion of American Public Education
        By Mercedes K. Schneider

        Schneider says, “Corporate reform” is not reform at all. Instead, it is the systematic destruction of the foundational American institution of public education. The primary motivation behind this destruction is greed. Public education in America is worth almost a trillion dollars a year. Whereas American public education is a democratic institution, its destruction is being choreographed by a few wealthy, well-positioned individuals and organizations. This book investigates and exposes the handful of people and institutions that are often working together to become the driving force behind destroying the community public school.

        On September 2, another book from Doubleday will hit the shelves. I read an early galley proof.

        The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession, by Dana Goldstein

      4. Well, for the time being it is okay, but we are dipping into our savings. Inshahallah, all the business stuff and photography will start to bring in money in the next few months. This is something I must work on.
        I have problems with the Indian educational system. We focus on grades, without allowing the child to understand. We also don’t teach them how to be better human beings

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