Sustainable failure. And other social media DOHs.

Sustainable failure. And other social media DOHs.

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

Have you ever thought about how people are more comfortable rejecting proposals than advocating, refining, and supporting a proposal in hand?

But if every solution that is proposed is found to be flawed in one aspect or another, none shall be adopted and executed upon. Actually, don’t most people stop thinking about solving the problem once the proposal is defeated?

The defeat of a proposal, however, is neither a milestone nor an accomplishment. That’s not a step forward.

Yet people will treat the proposal as the problem – and once the proposal is defeated, they feel like they’ve solved a problem and it’s back to business – the business of sustainable failure.

Sounds like gridlock, doesn’t it? But it happens all the time. I do it. You do it. We all do it. Again and again.

How do we get beyond sustainable failure?

That’s a question for you and me to think about. Right now. I’d like to know your thoughts on this. The comment section is below.

Stan Faryna
02 October 2012
Bucharest, Romania


4 Responses to Sustainable failure. And other social media DOHs.

  1. Betsy Cross says:

    LOL! I just opened my Reader and this post was there. So, I’m first.

    Almost all of my proposals are rejected, which is why I work on my own, experimenting at first. I like to work with people who see failure as something to cross off their list not a list to throw in the trash.

    Commitment overload scares people, which is probably one of the top reasons for rejection before anything real has been tested. Sometimes I think we’d all rather leave well enough alone instead of dig in and get to work.

    I love this commercial. I laugh every time I watch it:

    Not sure if I have anything more to add to the conversation except tweeking our radar to find and attract those who are committed to worthy change.

    • Stan Faryna says:

      The commercial is great. I laughed out loud.

      So you’re saying that we rather live with failure than risk success?

      • Betsy Cross says:

        Some people would because it’s easier. Success isn’t known until it’s known. It takes faith (meaning putting your muscles where your heart is) and there’s always a risk. I think there a lot of reasons people won’t take risks to achieve success. Depends on how committed they are to change. I think mostly we are committed to complaining vs making committed complaints. Does that make sense?

  2. billdorman says:

    Sometimes you have to be bold and take a chance because perfection is not attainable anyway.

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