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We spend a lot of time and energy trying to predict when something will succeed or fail, and we exert a lot of effort constructing relationships, and things that are built to succeed, only to watch in horror as they crumble, piece by piece, due to seemingly unconnected circumstances, and issues.

What I have found is that predicting things is difficult at best, what I know to be true is that failure is a constant. So instead of trying to outsmart what we know we should build to grow with failure in mind. A growth mindset developed with failure as a component part of the equation reduces risk, without eliminating the innovation that comes from taking risk. If we look to grow and at the same time reduce exposure to catastrophic failure then what we can effectively construct is an environment or culture in which growth, and success can be sustained even when failure occurs.

All of us are capable of combating, controlling, or even adapting to failure, as long as it does not overwhelm us. The solution is in the construction of the thing, the relationship or your mindset. The solution must build in the absolute notion that failure of some part, thing, or decision will take place at some point, and therefore you should build to reduce exposure.

Build so that when failure occurs in some aspect of your world, career or relationship it does not systematically corrupt and or damage the other parts that you spent time crafting in support of success. In this way you manage and, you welcome the lessons accompanying failure, instead of trying to avoid or predict the exact moment when failure will occur.

Failure has the ability to illuminate opportunities otherwise missed, failure can recalibrate your sense of direction and realign you with purpose, failure can highlight areas of weaknesses, and allow for insight, and failure can utterly destroy your sense of self and all you worked for if you do not intentionally grow with failure in mind.

-- mike

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