#MondayMotivation: Move Yourself Closer to Something Special

Looking for a little #MondayMotivation? We’re pulling out past stories that are still just as relevant today. Here’s a pearl from Jim: You Might Fail, So at Least Fail Up.

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I have a friend who is a very successful live entertainment producer. He’s a creative genius, not as an artist, but as a business person and an impresario. He sees more ways of getting people excited to be in the same building with a bunch of other people to see a show and pay big money for the privilege than most people — hell, almost anybody — sees.

A short while back, he had a new production, and unlike most of his previous work, it wasn’t a hit. It didn’t trip that secret formula with audiences that made them want to come back again and again to his other work. Not a flop, but compared to the other work he’s brought to life, it fell flat. Compared to its goals, it was a failure.

But I’ll tell you this: It may have failed, but it failed up.

Failing up is when something doesn’t work, but it didn’t work in pursuit of something worthwhile. Failing up is when something doesn’t achieve its goals and yet it was working to an idea with massive potential. …

Check out the rest of Jim’s post: You Might Fail, So at Least Fail Up.

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