Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.Samuel Beckett
I think from the time we're young, we're warned NOT to fail. Whether it's unspoken, as in rewards for A's, while C's, D's and F's go unmentioned, or clear and overt with shouts, threats or put-down's, the message comes across.
Succeed, and you are good. Lovable. Worthy.
Fail, and the world begins to look like Caspar Friedrich's painting* above...dark, threatening, maybe even hopeless. We BECOME failures, and wear our mistakes as labels.
That's why Beckett's quote jumped out at me.
It was not yet another empty platitude, telling us that success awaits our efforts. No, he acknowledges that the result of trying again may be to fail again.
But in an amazing bit insight, he give two kinds of advice. First, never mind the failure. What? Fail without BEING a failure? Is that possible? Our culture would say no, but is it right?
The second bit of advice is even more radical. When you fail again, "Fail better."
I would love to hear what you think he means by that. How can we "Fail better."? I have some ideas, but I would like to see what you think.
Is his advice good? Is it healthy? Let me know your ideas?
*Man and Woman Observing the Moon, 1824, Berlin