We need to destigmatize failure.

Everyone knows the saying of “trial and error” but somehow most overlook the “error” portion of the phrase. Too many times we try things and expect them to work, rather than going into the experiment with a mindset of learning – whether that be from success or failure. Most new things are learned from refining what doesn’t work. We need those lessons to be as valuable as the rest.

I have a paperweight on my desk that reads: “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?” For many people, the answer would be to do more than they are doing now.

Don’t let the fear of “errors” keep you from the trial portion of the equation. It’s by doing that we learn and only by learning that we can do new.

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