Every once in a while, I get inbound emails from people who read this blog. There tends to be no rhyme or reason to the emails - with one exception.
When ever I post about failure or mistakes, a wonderful group of people chime in to tell me that there are no failures, no mistakes - only opportunities for growth, teachable moments.
The concern is appreciated - but I do not buy it. There are mistakes, there are failures - even fiascos. This I know - there are complete and ignominious disasters, catastrophes, debacles, flops, even bombs.
If you do not believe me, then spend an hour listening to Ira Glass's TAL episode of Fiasco! - the first 23 minutes, when Jack Hitt tells the story of a small town production of Peter Pan,
in which the flying apparatus smacks the actors into the furniture, and
Captain Hook's hook flies off his arm and hits an old woman in the
stomach, is true genius.
Truth be told, one of the things that attracts me to feral followers, to the D.I.Y tribes and The Rise Of The Prosumer is the likely outcome of a fiasco at some point in the story.
It may seem counter-intuitive: Carpe Fiasco !