I was thinking recently how much I admire people with the ability to fail. Even more so if they actually fail alot.
Why? Well, it essentially means they are TRYING. Many people who are ashamed to fail are doomed to mediocrity because they never get out there and try anything new. They don’t put their work out there to be judged. They don’t try new things. In development parlance, they never SHIP! They are safe in the cocoon of mediocrity because they are scared that someone may judge them or ridicule their work.
In my life, I endeavor to create something wonderful. I want to create art. To create. To ship!
“Real artists ship!” – Steve Jobs
To that end, I have indeed “broken some eggs”. I have had some doosies in my career, but those failures don’t prove that I’m a failure (as Seth Godin puts it) they prove that I’m an artist! They prove that I have cared enough about my life, my craft, and the lives of people I work with to try something new. To ship and expect something brilliant, even though I’m unsure of the outcome.
My inclination is to follow the advice of Godin and stop writing resumes (or using LinkedIn). There is more downside than up. But I am drawn to one last attempt to make my resume (or profile) meaningful to people who read it. I want to add my most “prolific” failure to each of my jobs and what it taught me about myself and my career.
If those failures discourage those reading it, I guarantee I wouldn’t have worked for them anyway.