Monday Eve Musing … a three minute read.

Sometimes my internet travels take me to interesting new places.  Tonight I landed here …

“The Art of Failing”

https://www.paulserran.com/post/the-art-of-failing

 

I found it well worth three minutes of my time; hope you do too.   What are your thoughts on taking a risk you feel called to, and failing, or not?

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38 thoughts on “Monday Eve Musing … a three minute read.”

  1. drlorentz:
    I wonder if there’s some confusion over the meaning of the word failure. Some of the comments seem to be interpreting the word as meaning a fatal error from which recovery is difficult or impossible. For others, it means things didn’t work out as expected: more like a mistake from which one can learn and that can be corrected.

    This confusion might spring from the usage such as, “Hillary Clinton is a failure” that has a certain finality to it. The dictionary definition contains both senses: “lack of success” and “an unsuccessful person, enterprise, or thing.” People can experience failure without necessarily being failures.

    I think failure has a broad meaning. Part of the learning curve is “taking swings and missing”.  Those are minor failures. Forgetting to put down the landing gear or flaps is a major failure.

    I think of “honest” mistakes and “stupid” mistakes. The latter comes from negligence or plain stupidity. The latter will also get you fired.

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  2. Some of the comments seem to be interpreting the word as meaning a fatal error from which recovery is difficult or impossible. For others, it means things didn’t work out as expected: more like a mistake from which one can learn and that can be corrected.

    It can be both depending upon the financial circumstances and the individual(s) involved. Hopefully, as I mentioned at comment #14, it can result in option #2. But if one insists upon humility, one will fail permanently.

    Carnegie, Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, Ford, Walton, Schwab, Disney, Gates, Jobs, Zee were and are not humble folks. They were/are bold, arrogant, brave, persistent and obnoxious.

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  3. 10 Cents:
    The latter comes from negligence or plain stupidity. The latter will also get you fired.

    Sorry to take umbrage yet again, but negligence gets you fired as easily as stupidity because it infers sloth which as a former employer, infuriated me far more than stupidity which is often merely ignorance and can be rectified.

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  4. drlorentz:
    I wonder if there’s some confusion over the meaning of the word failure.

    Yep.  Words can be so imprecise!   Of course, experience may also ‘color’ our individual ‘reading’ of words.

    DrL ( @drlorentz  ), do you recall our ‘conversation’ about whether or not Roseanne was joking when she made a tweet about Jarrett?  We went back and forth.  You thought the tweet was a joke.  I thought it was sass (entirely warranted) but still sarcasm, not a joke.  Back and forth we went.

    Eventually, in frustration (and looking for ammunition),  I decided to open my dictionary.   What a surprise for me when instead of finding ammunition I found a ‘correction’.   🙂    Yep, that’s right, according to Mr. Webster, Roseanne’s tweet certainly did meet at least one of the definitions of a joke.    <sigh>    Words can be so tricky!

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  5. EThompson:

    10 Cents:
    The latter comes from negligence or plain stupidity. The latter will also get you fired.

    Sorry to take umbrage yet again, but negligence gets you fired as easily as stupidity because it infers sloth which as a former employer, infuriated me far more than stupidity which is often merely ignorance and can be rectified.

    We agree. The “latter” referred to “‘stupid’ mistakes “ as the prior latter did.

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  6. TempTime:

    drlorentz:
    I wonder if there’s some confusion over the meaning of the word failure.

    Yep.  Words can be so imprecise!   Of course, experience may also ‘color’ our individual ‘reading’ of words.

    DrL, do you recall our ‘conversation’ about whether or not Roseanne was joking when she made a tweet about Jarrett?  We went back and forth.  You thought the tweet was a joke.  I thought it was sass (entirely warranted) but still sarcasm, not a joke.  Back and forth we went.

    Eventually, in frustration (and looking for ammunition),  I decided to open my dictionary.   What a surprise for me when instead of finding ammunition I found a ‘correction’.   🙂    Yep, that’s right, according to Mr. Webster, Roseanne’s tweet certainly did meet at least one of the definitions of a joke.    <sigh>    Words can be so tricky!

    I can’t believe DocLor was right. The dictionary was wrong! 🙂

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  7. Words are fun. If you say “smart” in Japanese people will think slim and trim. The same word is interpreted differently. People have an antipathy for some words. (Triggered?)

    Why do people wrest failure from the jaws of success so often? They seem to have a predilection for dumb.

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  8. TempTime:

    drlorentz:
    I wonder if there’s some confusion over the meaning of the word failure.

    Yep.  Words can be so imprecise!   Of course, experience may also ‘color’ our individual ‘reading’ of words.

    DrL ( @drlorentz  ), do you recall our ‘conversation’ about whether or not Roseanne was joking when she made a tweet about Jarrett?  We went back and forth.  You thought the tweet was a joke.  I thought it was sass (entirely warranted) but still sarcasm, not a joke.  Back and forth we went.

    Eventually, in frustration (and looking for ammunition),  I decided to open my dictionary.   What a surprise for me when instead of finding ammunition I found a ‘correction’.   🙂    Yep, that’s right, according to Mr. Webster, Roseanne’s tweet certainly did meet at least one of the definitions of a joke.    <sigh>    Words can be so tricky!

    I can’t recall ever disagreeing with you but I defer to your better memory. Words can have several meanings and varying connotations. A good example is the word ignorant, which just means “lacking in knowledge” to me but has an insulting meaning for others. It might be a regional thing.

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  9. drlorentz:

    TempTime:

    drlorentz:
    I wonder if there’s some confusion over the meaning of the word failure.

    Yep.  Words can be so imprecise!   Of course, experience may also ‘color’ our individual ‘reading’ of words.

    DrL ( @drlorentz  ), do you recall our ‘conversation’ about whether or not Roseanne was joking when she made a tweet about Jarrett?  We went back and forth.  You thought the tweet was a joke.  I thought it was sass (entirely warranted) but still sarcasm, not a joke.  Back and forth we went.

    Eventually, in frustration (and looking for ammunition),  I decided to open my dictionary.   What a surprise for me when instead of finding ammunition I found a ‘correction’.   🙂    Yep, that’s right, according to Mr. Webster, Roseanne’s tweet certainly did meet at least one of the definitions of a joke.    <sigh>    Words can be so tricky!

    I can’t recall ever disagreeing with you but I defer to your better memory. Words can have several meanings and varying connotations. A good example is the word ignorant, which just means “lacking in knowledge” to me but has an insulting meaning for others. It might be a regional thing.

    I can attest to word games with Herr Doctor Lor. He would give  Roget a jog for his denero.

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  10. What I love about Ratburger is we can have a good back and forth without redactions. Does anyone know anyone who will marry me and give me a job? I’m tired of going around in circles at the laundromat looking for a match. They will have to put up with static and my being clinging.

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