Failure is Great!

Posted on August 7, 2017 by Samantha Burns

Failure. If you’re anything like me, then it’s been the one thing that has terrified you for as long as you can remember.

From the age of five, most of us have been graded on whatever we’ve done, which conditioned us to look purely for success and to wallow in our less than great grades. Failure was terrifying. For myself, the failure to achieve a high grade meant that because of this test, I wasn’t as good or as smart as the other kids. So I set out to make sure that I always achieve the highest grade possible.

Now, it’s been a few years since I’ve left school, and as soon as I stepped into the “real world”, I realized that (gasp!) it’s okay to fail! It’s normal! Every single person who has been considered a great mind, artist, or innovator has given something a shot and had it completely backfire on them. They’re only as great as they are now from the process of learning through their failed attempts and giving it all another go.

Image: A mountain biker on a cliff overlooking a canyon
Source: Bureau of Land Management // Flickr

There’s a museum in Sweden that showcases some of these exact moments of failure! The Museum of Failure opened its doors in June 2017, and inside they feature products that tell the stories of humankind’s not so successful attempts at innovation advancements! They allow the public to look at the products, some of which we’ve tried in the past, and some we’ve never even heard of. Through this, they let us acknowledge, utilize, and learn from the failures, as it’s the only way we’re going to move forward! NBC Left Field gives us a closer look at this unique museum in this short video…

What a great reminder that no one starts off on any endeavor perfectly! Every single one of us stumbles on our path to success, but it’s the select few that take the time to look back and see the rock, who will have the ability to move past it the next time.

Places like the Museum of Failure put this into light, allowing us freedom from our shame of running with ideas that may or may not work out. Everyone is out there doing it and there’s no guarantee that you will be successful, so you may as well give your idea a whirl. It could work out magnificently! But you’ll never know until you try!

Keep yourself open to new possibilities and happiness may stay nearby!

-Sam

Failure to end the article…

I just couldn’t stop! Here’s another video featuring a few more artifacts you may find in the Museum of Failure if you ever find yourself in Sweden or at one of their pop up shops around the globe. You can find their schedule on their website, www.museumoffailure.se!

Alright, without further ado…

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