Monday, July 21, 2008

Fail Early, Fail Often, FailCamp

I was amused to see Alex Hillman's tweet about FailCamp, which is happening, I guess, this Saturday at Indy Hall. The idea behind it is great -- you only really learn from your failures, so sharing your failures with other means ever that much more learning.

I'm game -- it sounds like fun, and maybe even a little cathartic. The only thing I find daunting is the 9 hours of failure sharing that has been scheduled! That must be a scheduling failure.

While I'm not sure that you only learn from your mistakes, failing can be a very creative experience, one that can bring about real change. It forces you to take risks that you never would have taken otherwise. Ken Dugan at Basecamp Business tells me that one of the predictive characteristics of entrepreneurs is unemployment -- no where to go but out on your own, and who needs a job really anyway?

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

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