I blame it on the technological age.
Instant gratification and perfect results have taught us that failure is unacceptable and that something should be done right the first time no matter how difficult or arduous the task.
Or...maybe it hasn't taught us that and we've just come to expect it.
Either way, it's hard to fail at any task and I think too often we equate the failure of an activity with the quality of the individual.
Sometimes it's the necessary result because there are very few lessons learned in success.
Most successes are just another attempt after a string of failures.
So....how to fail?
First of all, don't get angry...it serves no purpose.
Secondly, figure out what you did...go back and think about the steps you took to get there.
Third, try to figure out what went wrong...if nothing comes to mind, then try changing something to see if you get better results. (remember what Einstein said..."The definition of insanity is doing the same thing twice and expecting different results.")
Fourth, write down what you did...it may be the lesson you needed to learn.
Fifth, try again...eventually you will succeed.
I think the most important step is the fifth one.
I'm also learning that just because I've learned how to do "A" pretty well and could probably do it in my sleep, that doesn't necessarily mean that I can do "B" and the two are probably not as closely related as I had previously imagined.
Metalworking is hard and the more I try, the stronger my admiration for metal artists grows.
Try something new today, and don't be afraid to fail, there are lessons to be learned.
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