“The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.” -- Sven Goran Eriksson
No one likes failures. Myself included. Yet, part of growing up is learning to accept those failures, to accept those mistakes that we do, learn from them, and move forward.
When we started SharedBook, Yossie Hollander, our founder, kept on telling me he wants me to take risks. He kept on telling me that I haven’t failed enough in my life. And I didn’t understand what he meant.
A few months later, I made my biggest mistake in SharedBook, and I was devastated. Truth be told, I didn’t feel like I failed, I felt like I was a failure. Yossie was kind enough to call me and congratulate (!!!) me, telling me it is an important lesson that will serve me for life. A few days later, as the lesson was well absorbed, I understood what he meant back then when we started
“Failure is the tuition you pay for success.” -- Walter Brunell
As you’ve probably realized by now, if you’ve read my previous posts, I am also an enthusiastic triathlete. And last week, I tried a new approach in the swim lag of a triathlon, and failed, miserably. In fact, I found myself all alone in the sea, the last one to get out of the water, and it hurt. Even after I biked well and ran well and won a nice trophy, I still felt miserable.
And then it got me thinking: what went wrong? What do I need to change in my process? What to I need to change in my training? What do I need to change in my racing strategy?
Quite a few lessons I’ve learned from this incident. I don’t know how, I don’t know when, but one day, when I’ll be able to make a great swim lag in a triathlon, I am sure I’ll remember to attribute the success to last week’s race.
“We seem to gain wisdom more readily through our failures than through our successes. We always think of failure as the antithesis of success, but it isn't. Success often lies just the other side of failure.” -- Leo F. Buscaglia
This week was extremely busy in SharedBook R&D. OK, I’ll be honest: it was hectic, sometimes it even felt nothing less than chaotic. Our team here is well experienced with this; we try, it doesn’t work, we learn from this mistake, try a different approach, and so on. Someone here once call this a “continuous post-mortem”. It is an ongoing learning process that eventually leads us to success.
And this week was no exception: we tried, we failed, we learned from this failure, and we tried again. People pulled all-nighters, worked hard, and then worked harder. And with such determination and diligence success was bound to come.
It is times like this make me really proud to be part of the SharedBook team!
“If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative.” -- Woody Allen
Dario, Benny and Rona – I’d like to take this chance and thank you for all your hard work, efforts and continuous learning process that eventually yielded successful results.