It's been ages since a friend showed me this wonderful video of Milton Glaser talking about "fear of failure."
I was sorting through some files and found it. I think it's a great time, at the beginning of the year, to revisit the ideas Glaser addresses.
He speaks about the consequence of specialization and success. And his comment about the model for personal development being antithetical for professional development is spot on.
Can you reconcile these things?
Well your jury may still be out on all that.
But one thing is sure, and I believe this wholeheartedly, "People begin to get better when they fail."
I've been trying to explain that since I started blogging. Now maybe you'll listen because Glaser is Glaser and he says it so well.
I think the best thing you can do on any given day is have a couple failures. If you're working hard (of course you are) then having a couple failures a day won't derail you because you'll learn from them, go on, and get something real done.
So here's hoping you can push through the rest of the week and embrace failure. See what you can accomplish.