Have you heard the phrase, “failure is not an option?” If you have, you have heard one of the biggest lies of all time. “Failure is always an option”, or so proclaims Adam Savage from Myth Busters. I think he is on to something, but I would take it a step further: not only is failure always an option, it is the most readily available option. More than that, failure is a choice—an easy and comfortable choice.
Thomas Edison had two profound things to say about failure that is helpful in illustrating the point.
The thought that not achieving something is failure is wrong.
I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. ― Thomas Edison