The Second Chapter
Fire- Igniting Insights Through Mistakes
Three young guys created a company to analyze traffic data from pneumatic road tubes.
Great idea, but ultimately unsuccessful.
The start of a billion-dollar company
They took what they learned and created one of the largest software companies in the world
Fail is not an obscene word. In our society "fail" is viewed
as another offensive four-letter word beginning with "f". The typical attitude that mistakes should be avoided is patently
wrong and has several detrimental consequences.
THE FOUR-LETTER WORD
ICEO | Director Derek R. Szymanski
FAILING TO SUCCEED
Fail Nine Times
"Great! One down, nine to go! I'm making progress!"
Try something you KNOW is wrong
"What did we learn?"
Failing by intent
Unrealistic solutions can determine Realistic ones,The Right Question to the Wrong Answer
Don't stare at a blank screen
Think of ideas! Any ideas! Even the bad ones!
FAIL NINE TIMES
Example: Michael Jordan
Mistakes are positive elements of quintessential thinking, and failure is an important part of the foundation upon which to build success.
Missed over 9,000 shots in his career
Lost nearly 300 gamesMissed the game-winning shot 26 times"That is why I succeed"
TRY SOMETHING YOU KNOW IS WRONG
Find your "solution." Even if it's wrong. Congratulations! You've made a mistake, now we can move forward!
"What is one thing wrong with your solution?"
Fix that small part
Wash, Rinse, and repeat until you succeed.
DON'T STARE AT A BLANK SCREEN
Find hidden gems, partial truths, the "Core" of what you're trying to solve. Like a detective, often the best ideas can often be found hidden in the pile of papers.
"Quick! Type up ANY ideas- good, bad, inaccurate, or vague!"
They'll be disorganized, jumbled, and just plain wrong. Great start!
Extra bits of knowledge
"One way to make new discoveries is to Intentionally fail along the way."
Example: A middle-school teacher was asked how to teach geometry if she had no constraints (unlimited time, resources, etc)
Her answer: Take the class to the Eiffel Tower and measure it.
FAILING BY INTENT
This answer is completely ridiculous and not feasible, but it does give light to other ideas- "Why not just leave the classroom?"
Honda's new Motorcycle (1948)
RIGHT ANSWER, WRONG QUESTION
Until they discovered their solution...
Don't let fear of mistakes lead you to inaction
One small step at a time helps to solve the bigger picture
Failing by Intent
Wrong answers can help us ask better questions- "Why?"
Stumped on a project? Take notes, get others' input, build off of the best ideas