- “I have nothing but applause for those brave enough to fail, and fail again. It’s not so much a failure as it is one more thing that won’t work.” – Seth Godin, “A hierarchy of failure (from brave to shameful)”
Seth Godin offers up his own hierarchy (though more of a “scale”) of failure types….
- 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.
- The giant flame out
- Giving up in the dip
- Not starting
- The critic, on the sidelines
- Empty hype
- 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.