“Anyone who tells you they are doing it all perfectly is a liar.” -Shonda Rhimes, Creator of Grey’s Anatomy
Ben Angelo is a Los Angeles-based D.J., Songwriter, and Entrepreneur. In addition to mixing up a dazzling array of tunes for parties and special events, he also runs I Heart Ipanema Apparel with his wife Nicole.
Ben joins me this week to discuss what he’s failing at and how he’s getting through it.
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The biggest misperception people have about failure is that it is all bad, said Henry Petroski, a professor of engineering and history at Duke University who researches the role that failure plays in design. “But from an engineer’s point of view,” he said, “a failure can contain all sorts of helpful information.”
Petroski goes on to say,
Success stories don’t teach us anything but that they are successes. They are things to emulate, but the word “emulate” means two things. One, it means effectively to copy. Nobody wants to copy. Everybody wants to be more creative. They want to do something better. So “emulate” also implies trying to go beyond—trying to make it better, somehow bigger, whatever the measure is.
Successes are not very interesting other than in that regard. When we do go beyond, then we move generally closer to failure. And what interests me about any failure is that it presents real lessons to be learned, because there’s no ambiguity. When something fails, it failed.
To read the full article and learn why Henry Petroski is more interested in stories of failure rather than stories of success, click here.