by Sam Gardiner
“Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success,” that’s the subtitle of the book, Failing Forward, popular among Vice President’s staff. I read about the notion of failing forward, in a piece by Sy Hersh over a month ago.
Here are some of the ideas from the book:
- Not failing means not moving forward.
- Almost all those who fail are not defeated; they just quit.
- Failure is not the final act.
- Take risks; take new risks.
- It’s not false self-esteem to fail forward.
- In addition, a Danish saying is quoted in the book: “Life is not simply holding a good hand. Life is playing a poor hand well.”
- The book quotes Thomas Edison, “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
Clarity often comes from reflection. I have to admit, as I have reflected on the book I have new insights into unfolding US strategy for the Middle East. I wish the White House would spend more time reading Tom Rick’s book, Fiasco.