International Failure Day


"’How do I get rid of the fear?’ Alas, this is the wrong question…No, the right question is, ‘How do I dance with the fear?’ Fear is not the enemy. Paralysis is the enemy.” – Seth Godin

Today is International Failure Day!

A while back Seth posted a piece called “Happy Wowday” where he advocated having a day to celebrated doing extraordinary things…

Halloween gives you permission to dress up. April Fools, a chance to play a prank. What if there was one day of the year where you had permission to do things that made people say, ‘wow’… What if you focused and practiced and got your nerve up and leaned way over the edge, just one day of the year? If you could get out of your comfort zone for a few hours in a way that benefitted and delighted people you care about.”

That naturally got me thinking that ‘what if there was a day called “Failure Day’?” Where everyone was encouraged to try something of merit, but they always figured they would fail at. Failure Day would be the day you were explicitly given permission to have that failure. And if you did fail, it would be all part of the celebration, event and moment. But I suspect that even amidst the many failures it would inspire, so to would there be many first steps, disillusioned fears and personal insights that would eventually take people much farther than they otherwise would have gone.

Well now there is…so get dancing.