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There's a lot of business propaganda out there related to failure.  Ready for some successories quotes?  LET'S DO THIS:

1. “Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.” - Winston Churchill
2. “Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, only this time more wisely.” - Henry Ford Screen Shot 2014-12-19 at 1.50.48 PM
3. “Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail.” - Confucious
4. “In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” - Bill Cosby
5. “I’ve come to believe that all my past failure and frustrations were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy.” - Tony Robbins

Wow.  So much optimism about failure.  Fail Fast.  Don't be afraid to fail.  The only thing we have to fear?

Fear itself, Kemosabe.  Look in the mirror.

What if I told you there's a whole list of incredibly talented people out there not only are unafraid to fail, but more importantly, NEVER DWELL ON IT.

Should we learn from our failures?  Some people would say no.  Think about this quote from NFL Hall of Fame receiver Cris Carter.  He's got a big ego, but he's also one of the best of all time:

Cris Carter:  "I wouldn't watch film of my dropped passes.  I didn't want my mind seeing that and remembering what that's like/how to do it"....

Now that's interesting.  We've been trained by INC Magazine, Fast Company and more that we need to fail.  A lot of the management wonks would also tell you that you need to learn from your failures.  

I think I agree with Cris Carter.  Iterate quickly and fail - but when you fail?  Your probably already know why you failed, and you probably already know what you're going to change.

Cris Carter didn't deconstruct failure because he didn't want to dwell on failure or tell his body what it felt like any more than he had to.

You should do the same thing with your mind.


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