I have two daughters graduating this year, one from high school and one from college. Yesterday, we had David Foster Wallace tell graduates about not getting caught up in the hum drum of the everyday.
Today we have another David, David Geller, telling his son he hopes he fails. It’s an interesting take, but it’s lesson is strong.
I think someone should write a parody of LeeAnn Womack’s “I Hope You Dance” and change it to “I Hope You Fail” because the sentiment of David’s essay is the same, do not fear taking chances.
Here’s the key notes from David’s piece in the Huffington Post, which you can read here:
Failure is a very powerful force. It’s in experiencing failure that we all learn, and if we are resilient and recognize the role failure has in our lives, we ultimately become the person we are meant to be, doing what we are meant to do. Failure is the path to wisdom.
We’ve seen it time and time again. Steve Jobs was fired from Apple, the company he founded, at the age of 30. As he recounts in the commencement speech he gave at Stanford University in 2008:
“I was a public failure… I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.”Michael Jordan, considered by many to be the greatest basketball player of all time, failed to make the basketball team the first time he tried out in high school. Guess what he attributes his ultimate success to? “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
As hard as it is to watch your children fail (and I have), the person that comes out the other side is stronger and more mature.