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FAILURE IS AN OPPORTUNITY..Greitens, Leslie, Winnegrad

With all the technology upon us, we are caught in this vision of perfection. We have forgotten that FAILURE is an ingredient of learning. People today are so fearful of FAILING that they will avoid taking risks. And risks are where we get the opportunity to be innovative. Steve Jobs was a good example of one pushing the envelope. Taking risks and FAILING at times.


Tom Watson, a past president of IBM, in its explosive years of the ‘60s and 70’s called a young executive into his office after a string of bad decisions costing IBM millions of dollars. The young executive said to Watson, “I suppose you want to fire me.” Watson replied, “not at all young man we just spent millions of dollars educating you.” FAILURE IS AN OPPORTUNITY, NOT A CONDEMNATION.”


Researchers say it is now a complicated interplay of child-rearing and culture: years of helicopter-parenting and micromanaging by anxious parents. This generation is used to getting a trophy and not failing.  Social media doesn’t help, it can “show” that everyone else is a star. FAILING is a natural learning experience that we should accept with open arms.


The unrivaled at work are in concert with FAILURE. If you are not FAILING, you are not growing. As time passes the fear of FAILURE makes people want to protect what they have accumulated. They end up trying fewer new things. People tend to stake their identity on the success they have attained, while losing the very spirit that made success possible in the first place.




Categories: Leadership PERSPECTIVES Philosophical Perspective

ron winnegrad

Ron Winnegrad has been a Perfumer and teacher for 46 years. As a perfumer, Ron has been able to express the world he sees through a rainbow of olfactive and emotive visions. As a teacher, Ron has helped others to see fragrance through his own multi sensorial lens.

2 replies

  1. “Life’s not about how hard of a hit you can give… it’s about how many you can take, and still keep moving forward.”
    ― Sylvester Stallone, Rocky Balboa


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