Because we all fail a lot.
Might as well learn to love it.
Sure, some of our failures are real proper disasters. But most of them aren't. Falling flat on your face is a chance to laugh at yourself, to show your humanity to others and learn what not to do next time.
I've really been learning to enjoy the idea that I'm not perfect. It's really freeing. So I loved discovering this article about how Mailchimp celebrates failure -- by getting everyone together for 'Failtips lunches'.
Particularly in the tech world, where failure is pretty much the only way to innovate, it's such an obvious thing to get all your good and great together and have a big giggle about the best f*ckups you've ever done.
Might stick one of these in the diary.
I asked some folks that had recently done public speaking workshops if they would be willing to talk about personal and professional failure in front of, gulp, hundreds of their peers. The enthusiastic response was both rapid and unanimous. And our FailTips lunch and learn series was born. What does a FailTips session look like? Imagine most of the company—both in person and livestreaming at desks—watching 6 employees bravely talk about topics like fainting on the first day of their first job to failing the 10th grade. It can be someone talking about a failed small business venture that led them to MailChimp. Or the time our VP of Engineering temporarily “killed” a feature impacting hundreds of thousands of MailChimp users, sure he would lose his job? Or even the fail that led to our much-loved GIPHY library.