Friedrich Nietzsche birthday


  • “To those human beings who are of any concern to me I wish suffering, desolation, sickness, ill-treatment, indignities – I wish that they should not remain unfamiliar with profound self-contempt, the torture of self-mistrust, the wretchedness of the vanquished.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

The author of one of embracing failure’s most popular tag lines – “That which does not kill us makes us stronger” – was born 170 year ago today. Nietzsche’s embrace of failure extends well beyond a catchy turn of phrase and was central to this multi-faceted philosophy. The quote above is taken from Alain de Botton’s chapter “Consolation for Difficulties” (in his book “The Consolations of Philosophy”) which focuses on this perspective of Nietzsche.  Nietzsche was indeed one of the oracles of embracing failure.

Nietzsche also shared another philosophical perspective with this blog – a dichotomy between two opposing forces that invariably intertwine, Apollian and Dionysian. Though Nietzsche’s duality pivots more on the structure vs. freedom axis while Leadership and Management pivot more on upside vs. downside axis of risk.