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Let's talk about failure – it's normal

Failure should be encouraged. It is often through understanding our failures that we become successful. FailCon celebrates failure.

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How to encourage failure is a challenging question. FailCon's answer is to get people talking about their failures. People attending the conference learn to embrace their failures, then all of the talks get published so everyone can view them.

The value created here is that we begin to feel less alone in our failures during the creative process. We learn to embrace failures and use them as a tool to become more successful. FailCon is one step toward normalizing and learning from failure, instead of keeping it a secret of top innovators.


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I met a guy at a church youth camp once. He was loud and abrupt and would say/sing at the top of his range at any moment. And he always had a smile on his face. Upon asking someone about him, he had lost the mental faculty that make him embarrassed (and incidentally didn't follow social conventions). In retrospect, it was probably quite liberating - not having any fear of retribution, or embarrassment, or scorn.

Perhaps we aren't so much afraid of failing, but we don't like the way it makes us feel (embarrassed, inferior, etc).

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