What's so great about failing fast?
As we talked about before, making mistakes can be very beneficial for the learning process.
So then, if you're going to make mistakes, it makes sense for you to make them quickly and move on.
To fail fast essentially means to exponentially speed up the learning curve by putting yourself in as many challenging and educational situations as possible. It means not holding yourself back for fear of failure, but using each failure as a springboard for the moment when you finally get the hang of what you've been trying to do.
There are so many benefits of failing fast, but let's consider three:
The following quote emphasizes one of the many benefits of failing fast:
"Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway."
At the end of the day, the time will pass anyway.
So you can decide to use the time to work towards a goal, even though you might fail, or sit there and dream about all the possibilities that could have occured if you actually took action.
Since the time will pass anyway, it makes sense to try your very best and see how close you can get - to see if you can actually even achieve your goal! This is a much more productive use of time than doing nothing. Even you you don't achieve your goal in the specific time-frame that you originally planned, by trying, failing and learning, you'll have given yourself valuable experience that will help you reach your goal over time, so long as you don't give up.
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To fail fast means to fail often.
It means constantly trying new solutions to a problem and like Winston Churchill said "stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm".
If you learn to fail fast, you learn to actually enjoy failure as part of the experience. It becomes normal to you and you realise that it is just part of the journey to reaching your goals, which every succcessful person experiences too.
If your failures are few and far between, however, you develop a unhealthy view of failure. Failure becomes something you dread. You might even associate it with some really terrible parts of your life. Failing slowly can be painful. If we have failed only a few times, and really badly, it's easier to link such failures to feelings of low self esteem. As a result, you start to avoid any situation where you might fail, and you stop taking risks. And that's a shame, because the taking of those risks repeatedly is exactly what triggers success.
Another benefit of failing fast is that you get good at failing.
Because you learn from each failure, your failures start to become less severe, and more deliberate. You start to understand the game more.
And thus you actually begin to actively seek and crave opportunities for failure, because they are also secretly opportunities for success. This hunger for failure is something I've experienced, and I realise that with every failure I improve my skills.
The real beauty of failing fast is the momentum you build up. You just keep grabbing your chances and learning. Knowledge builds on knowledge, and there's so much progress you can make in a short amount of time because you're proactive.
Although you're still failing, you're failing smarter because you know what detrimental mistakes to avoid with every new endeavour.
When you fail fast, your failures start to get more efficient and effective, until the moment when your failures starts to produce results that look a lot like success.
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