How apprentices can fail better.

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Failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.

-Arianna Huffington

A brief history of my failures.

When I was an apprentice I worked with my fair share of journeymen.  It is part of their job to train apprentices (whether they care to admit it or not).  Just like any other teacher, some are really good at it and some sucked ass.

Unfortunately I had too many think it was their job to berate me and yell at me when I made mistakes.  The times I worked with these gentlemen (and I use that term very loosely as there was nothing gentle about them) the days would drag.

I would go home feeling like crap and wondering why I had chosen this trade.  Often times I would lose sleep over the thought of having to go back to endure it all over again.  This is an example of how not to train an apprentice.

There were however some journeymen that were gifted and understood that part of their job was to mold me into a master tradesman (sorry for the flowery imagery).  One of these was an older journeyman we’ll call Ron.

I was working with Ron one day and had hooked something up wrong.  When I went to turn it on, there was a loud boom, a bright flash and a whole lot of smoke.  After the smoke had cleared and I had changed my underwear I went to apologize to Ron.

He said something that I will never forget: “Don’t worry too much about it” he said.  “If you’re not blowing stuff up, you’re not learning”.   Suffice it to say, I never made that mistake again.

Why Ron was a Gosh Darn Genius.

I think too often we look at our mistakes as screw ups;  things that define us as stupid or dumb.

Just listen to what you’re telling yourself. “Argh why did i do that, that was so stupid” or  “What a dumb mistake, how could I be so stupid” or my personal favorite “ugh, I’m such an idiot”.

Mistakes are part of how we learn.  Unless you are superhuman, you’re not going to master everything the first time through.  It is going to take mistakes, a lot of mistakes.

For some people it might be 1 or 2  before they master it and for others is might be hundreds.  That’s the beauty of the human race.  We are all unique and we all learn differently.

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.

-Samuel Beckett

And here comes the pitch.

You’re gonna screw up; there is no two ways about it.  The trick is this:  Look at it like something there to help you be more successful next time.

You’re gonna fail just learn how to fail better.

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