“All of old. Nothing else ever. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. ”
– Samuel Beckett – Worstward Ho (1983)
1. Do it often enough that you know what it’s like to be on both sides of it.
2. Unpack it, but give it some space.
3. You are not your failure.
4. Failure has nothing to do with value, and everything to do with growing.
5. Write it down! Don’t forget what you learned! WRITE IT DOWN.
6. Build new questions to pursue from your failure. Failure -> Curiosity -> New Action
7. Failure is a systematic elimination of weak strategies, so fail with a plan of attack.
8. You are not your failure.
9. Gather information on the failure from other eyes and ears.
10. Fail fast and cheap.
11. Fail early.
12. Fail with friends. You’ll have something real to share a pint over.
13. You are not your failure.