Via Psychology Today
How to change your perception of failure.
In Silicon Valley, start-ups don’t launch as polished, finished businesses. Instead, they release their “Minimum Viable Product”—the most basic version of their core idea with only one or two essential features.
The point is to immediately see how customers respond. And, if that response is poor, to be able to fail cheaply and quickly. To avoid making or investing in a product customers do not want. Gmail, which is now the universal email client, was initially only used internally by Google employees. It wasn’t made publicly available until 2007 and didn’t even come out of beta until 2009. Instagram started out as the failed social networking app Burbn before the founders realized their customers were using their photo feature more than anything. They then pivoted the product to what we now know as Instagram and sold it roughly a year later to Facebook for $1 billion.
As engineers now like to quip: Failure is a feature.
But it’s not a joke. Failure really can be an asset if we are trying to improve, learn, or do something new. It’s the preceding feature of nearly all successes. There’s nothing shameful about being wrong, about changing course. Each time it happens we have new options. Problems become opportunities.
Of course, we know this is true deep down. We know that our past failures have contributed immensely to our own personal growth. Yet we still fear it greatly.
Because failure is painful in the short term, we hate it. ………continue reading here Failure Is Feedback | Psychology Today.