I heard that Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool FC, applauses his players after they miss a goal. I’m not a football fan, and I’ve never seen such seen with my own eyes. Nevertheless, I’d like to believe in this story because it shows that Mr. Klopp appreciates his players. Yes, maybe the players miss a couple of goals, but at least, they make an effort towards it. Not every effort we make in life results in great success. But still, we can stop for a moment and pat ourselves or others on the shoulder for the mere fact that they tried.
I’ve read that a company called Eli Lilly has followed a similar approach since the 1990s “by holding “failure parties” to honor intelligent, high-quality scientific experiments that fail to achieve the desired results.” This is one of the best types of company encouragements I’ve heard in my life:)
So, how do we differentiate intelligent failures? Harvard Business Review suggests the following diagram to define praiseworthy failures:
At the end of the day, we are all perfectly imperfect human beings, and we all have a bit of margin of error. And this is totally fine. As long as you are kind to yourself and others, and as long as you do your best for every task in your hands, you have nothing to worry about. Failure is a part of life. Just make sure to take some time to appreciate the effort you put in to show up.
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