Failure is an option

Yes, you read that right.  It's not a typo.

I am speaking up in favor of failure... or, more accurately, in favor of being open to failure as a natural consequence of innovation and risk-taking.  I am really excited by the cultural and personal possibilities inherent in frank discussions and acceptance of occasional failure.

I recently learned of FailCon, which was held in San Francisco in October.  (I keep waiting for the organizers to update the website with new videos, but there are some videos from last year.)  In their own words, "FailCon is a one-day conference for technology entrepreneurs, investors, developers, and designers to study their own and others' failures and prepare for success."  Check out this post on failure and authenticity by Robert Siegel at XSeed Capital, which gives a little peek into the conference.

I love this!  I was also reminded of "Failure Week", a week of conversation and activity around the theme of failure, which took place at an English girls's school and made headlines in 2012.

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