Failure scale


Seth Godin offers up his own hierarchy (though more of a “scale”) of failure types….

  1. Mistakes! A series of failures as you follow a path of persistent long-term effort characterized by ongoing learning and a reputation that improves over time.
  2. The giant flame out
  3. Giving up in the dip
  4. Shortcuts
  5. Not starting
  6. The critic, on the sidelines
  7. Empty hype
  8. The scam, the short-sighted selfish pitch

One interesting observation is at that “deliberateness” is at the extreme ends while the centre is more “inadvertent” failure. The deliberate failure with a positive intent and response are the best failures, while Godin points out that the equally deliberate “harmful” failures are the very worst type.