The Power of Failure
Why Failure Can Be a Good Thing
It can be hard to accept, but sometimes failure is a good thing, and it is almost always necessary for growth.
In today’s episode we talk about one of our recent failures – a great photo shoot idea turned out to be not so great. To be completely honest it is really frustrating when this happens to me. I think to myself “I have been doing this for such a long time, how can I still be so bad!” I am sure we have all said that to ourselves at times. I wanted to do something amazing, and I set my sights high, but in the end came out with an image that I am not wild about. Technically it worked out just fine, but aesthetically it is not appealing, and in my opinion it is boring.
Maury Ballstein: What do we do when we fall off the horse?
Derek Zoolander: [thoughtfully looking up and mouthing the words silently] … fall off the horse…
Maury Ballstein: [looking to supply finish] … we… get back on!
Derek Zoolander: Sorry, Maury. I’m not a gymnast.
Learning From Failure
After realizing that this image wasn’t going to work out I had two choices: Wallow in my own pity or get back on the horse. The truth is that no matter how long you have been doing this you are going to face failure every now and then. A lot of people experience this and then retreat back into something they are comfortable with. I think that is why we see artists get better and better and then seem to plateau.
I fight this plateau very hard, mostly because I am insanely stubborn. It usually takes a few days, but when I can look at a failure and see the positives and turn it into a learning experience, I always wind up better off.
I know we all fail, and admitting it can be hard, but now is the time to get them out there. Let us know of a time you have failed and how you learned from your failure to grow. You won’t be alone, and we can learn from each other’s failures.
After all, Phlearn is here to make you better.