Are you ready to Fail?

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Photo Credit: carf via Compfight cc

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.

Pablo Picasso

Recently I was listening to Ken Robinson’s TED Talk entitled “How schools kill creativity.”  He talks about our education system and what we try to do in the system.  Ken speaks about how we have our children learn how to work in a society where failure is discourage.  He told the story of children in a school play and how they make mistakes and keep going.

Where did it go?  When you were young you had lots of ideas about what you could do.  Some where along the line fear of failure came in and you stopped trying those things.  How do we get back that imagination and creativity?  We need to plan to fail and make mistakes.  We need to understand that it is okay.

As I write this blog I realize that each post might not be groundbreaking.  The problem is we must keep trying many times before we can create something great.  As I work day to day in software development I see experience makes one more proficient and knowledgeable.  This is built on foundation of failures and mistakes throughout your career.  You should be trying out new things and finding what works and growing in your respective field.

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