-On the phone with my dad-
Dad– What did you just say?
Me– Yes dad,i’m planning to fail intentionally!
Now you might think why would someone in his right mind even thinks about doing something like that? Right? I’m sorry to tell you i didn’t actually do it-at least for now 😛 . But it sure does sound tempting.
I came across a very articulating article in a newspaper a few days ago. It was short and precise and so brilliantly conveys it’s message so much that it’s been in my mind ever since even prompting me to write this blog about it(of course here with a little bit of my own flair 🙂 ) Before jumping into the main point i would like you to think of an instance where the lights suddenly went out at night. what will you do? Yes fumbling your hands for the matches. Had you thought to keep the matches somewhere you can easily reach in case the light do went out you won’t have to fumble your clean hands all over the corners and probable not regret stumbling over your mother’s precious flower vase do you? so what do we learn here? we learned that we should always plan for our failure so that when it does actually happens we don’t remain stuck one place. If that’s the case then have we ever consider to put failure in our “fool-proof success plan”? Yes! intentionally failing? if i ever ask this question to my family their respond is certain to be “Arthur! are you feeling well son? 🙂 LOL. We are so focused with the only “Critical Success Factors (CSFs)“ that we forget that equally important is the “Critical Failure Factors (CFFs)“. They are like the sides of the same coin,you can’t have one without having the other. So now that we established the importance of failure in order to succeed. Lets put it into action! I mean in our plan. 🙂
First what are the necessary ingredients of Failure-
- Resource- How much of my resource do i need to cut down to fail? 10%? 30%? 60%? What are the alternative?
- Time- No more datelines now. How long can i actually delay a work?
- Cost- Wooohooo! I’m off to a shopping spree. Got to buy my girlfriend all the things she wanted till she drop to her knees. 😛
- Speed- Yep! The Snail is my superhero now. No pressure here.What do i need to do more to fail?