So, it is national "Day for Failure" here in Finland. To start, what a great reason to have a celebration! I don't know how others feel about this, but I feel like failure is under-rated and over feared. We shouldn't give so much power to the negative side of failure! Ultimately, it is the fear of failure, or humiliation, that stops us from doing things.
Today is a great day to go ahead and do the things you have feared so much. Because today, if something should go wrong, you are a hero! Heroes are celebrated and they are looked up to!
I thought to share one of my own failures from the past. It was an interview I was ordered to shoot. It all started with numerous emails going back and forth in hopes of finding a suitable time to shoot the interview. We managed to find a time that suited everyone.
Great, I thought to myself. The day came and we were all set. Video, check! Guest, check! Sound… no check. We shot the interview and it turned out beautifully. Only in the editing phase did I notice that there was no sound. I was like, whaaaat? In a small panic, I was retracing the whole situation. As a last resort to find out what happened, I went back to the camera to check out the settings - they were wrong… So, there was I with an interview of silence.
I took a minute to digest the whole thing and then made a humble phone call in which I admitted to my mistake and hoped for a second chance.
Gladly, the client took it well and we all had a good laugh about the whole situation. This incident was a little less serious than some failures can be, but it was embarrassing, nonetheless.
My advice for all of you is: Don't take yourself too seriously. Only then you can truly look at your failures as an opportunity to learn and to grow!
So, today I challenge you to go and do something bold - and risk failure, won't ya?
Have fun failing!!!
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