Seven Steps for Constructive Failure

Posted on May 23, 2012

   This fantastic article by Andres Spokoiny, president and CEO of the Jewish Funders Network, discusses 7 strategies to get the most out of failure.  Spokoiny writes, “It’s a common misunderstanding of Darwin that evolution is about the ‘survival of the fittest.’  That’s oversimplified and not what he said.  He claimed that the ‘most adapted’ thrive and survive.  Strenth per se’ is nothing, and the lesson for philanthropy is no different than for life generally.  Resilience and adaptation are the key to coming out on top in evolution.  It’s time for us to jump-start the process and adapt our brains to a world in which failure and success are not what they used to be.”  Recognizing our failures and the mistakes we may have overlooked are great ways of improving on ourselves and on our organizations.  Everything’s a matter of perspective and adaptation.

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