Different ways to fail

I ran across this great collection of quotes on the importance of failure to innovation:

  • “Ideas won’t keep. Something must be done about them.” – Alfred North Whitehead
  • “To accomplish great things we must dream as well as act.” – Anatole France
  • “99 percent of success is built on failure.” – Charles Kettering
  • “The man with a new idea is a crank – until the idea succeeds.” – Mark Twain
  • “The way to succeed is to double your failure rate.” – Thomas Watson, (Founder of IBM)

But are all failures created equal? It struck me that there are many different ways to fail, including (i) failure to act, (i) failure to get it working, and (iii) failure to get it working but learning what might work better and trying again. The last one is my personal favourite. Here they are in a bit more detail.

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