If At First You Don’t Succeed…

No doubt you’ve heard that old cliche, right? “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” And, of course, there are a lot of tongue-in-cheek versions, too. “If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence you tried in the first place.”

You and I both know that effective leaders recognize the value of not giving up. They understand the importance of perseverance and tenacity. Recently I read something put out by Simon Sinek, author of Start With Why. He wrote, “The value of experimentation is not the trying; it’s the trying again after the experiment fails.

When it comes to effective leadership, it’s not just about the constant trying, the persistence, and “never-give-up” attitude. It’s realizing that the most important effort comes after the first attempt fell short. Because only after the first effort falls short does the effective learning realize the lesson learned.

failure_is_always_an_optionThis matches up well with what Adam Savage, of Mythbusters fame on the Discover Channel, always says. “Failure is always an option.” Because without failure there is little learning. So, be happy when you fail. Learn and move forward.

That’s what effective leaders do.

So, go out and fail at something today.  :)