Failing forward is a very important thing to know how to do for personal growth and leadership. Every great leader and successful person has learned how to fail forward. To Fail forward there are fifteen steps. I believe that these steps are fairly accurate, but I’m not really an expert on leadership myself I say these steps are accurate because for each step he gave specific examples of how certain people used one of these steps and eventually becomes successful.
For example, in chapter two, Maxwell talks about Truest Cathy, the founder of Chick-fill-A. First Truest and his brother Ben opened a restaurant called the Dwarf Grill. After becoming a successful business, tragic losses came to Truest. His two brothers both died in a plane crash. Then after Truest had opened a second location, it caught fire and he had little insurance, so he could not reopen. After, Truest, the lone business manager had to go into surgery. Then while stuck in a hospital bed for months, he comes up with the idea for the Chick-fill-A sandwich.
Now Truest Cathy operates more than nine hundred restaurants across the country. During multiple times during his success story, Truest Cathy could have given up and quit. But every failure helps lead to success, as long as you learn from that failure. This chapter was about the different ways to see failure. I think it is well exemplified through this story because if Truest had not failed, he would not have ever created a billion dollar company in Chick-fill-A. Another example in this book is about monkeys, at the beginning of chapter five.
In an experiment, monkeys were placed in a room that had a tall pole in the center. Suspended from the top of that pole was a bunch of bananas. If one of the monkeys were to climb up the pole, they were doused with cold water. Each of the four monkeys in the room made the attempt to get the bananas. The researchers replaced one of the monkeys with a new one. As this new monkey tried to climb up the pole, the three others pulled him down. Eventually all the original monkeys were replaced, and no monkeys had received the cold shower, so none of them would climb the pole, but none of them knew why.
These monkeys represented failure in the workplace, and how people are prone to get into ruts, or continue to make the name mistake over and over again. This chapter is about changing your response to failure by accepting responsibility. The monkeys, at the end had no reason not to climb the pole, so none of them were accepting responsibility. The final example is showing how it takes many failures to be successful. There are two groups in a clay sculpture class. One group is graded on quantity of the clay.
Fifty pounds of clay is an A, forty pounds of clay is a B and so on. The other group is graded on quality of the clay sculptures made. This group was only graded on how well one piece of pottery was made. Can you guess which group created better quality pottery? Contrary to what you might k, the first group made better quail clay sculptures. This demonstrates that people learn more from failing than not failing at all. Throughout this book Maxwell talks about how if you do not fail often, then you are not being creative or adventurous enough.
This can be applied to businesses, where most people fail around five or six times before actually succeeding, or Just to your own hobby, like sports. All in all the stories in this book are very important to the book. This I think is true for three reasons. The first reason is that the story telling keeps your interest. Most of the stories were very interesting. The second reason the stories were important is the retention of information. If something interests you, you will retain more information. The third reason is the give the author credibility.
Without telling you stories, the author would Just be spitting opinions at you, without anything to back these opinions up. One of the more interesting things in the book was a list that had signs of failing award, as well as signs of failing backward. This part was interesting to me because you see people take steps in the failing backward category more often than not. For example, you see people make excuses all the time, blame others for their mistakes or shortcomings. To me, this list is one of the more important things throughout the book because the “dos and don’t” are simple, yet so important.
Failing Backward * Blaming Others * Repeating the same mistakes * Expecting never to fail again * Expecting to continually fail * Accepting tradition blindly Being Limited by past mistakes * Thinking I am a failure * Quitting * Taking responsibility * Learning from each mistake * Knowing failure is a part of progress * Maintaining positive attitude * Challenging outdated assumption * Taking new risks * Believing something didn’t work * Persevering This book had great examples to help you believe that these steps are very important to be not only to be successful but a leader.
I believe that these steps mentioned are very helpful, and mistakes are vital to improve in any way. You become a successful errors and a leader by learning how to fail forward, and how to react to failure, is what I interpret from this book. Although I thought the book was pretty good, and had good information, I don’t have very much credibility.
By credibility I mean personal experience, and knowledge about leadership and success. For example, I know a lot about tennis, so I would be able to tell you it an article is garbage, or it it is legitimate. Although I don’t have much credibility, I believe the book is very accurate, and will remember the steps to fail forward, and to persevere.