A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing.
—George Bernard Shaw
Leaders of highly productive teams, especially at the beginning of their careers, obsess about failure. They take a bad conversation with a problem employee very personally. They get hurt. They get depressed. They get angry and start hating their profession.
But soon they see that failure is just an outcome. It is not bad or good, just neutral. It can be turned into something good if it’s studied for the wisdom to be gained from it. And it can be turned into something bad if it is made into something personal.
The great professor of linguistics S.I. Hayakawa used to say that there were basically ...