Friday, November 19, 2010

Fear

Due to the recent terrorist alarm in Germany I noticed two things:
  • the number of armed & unarmed forces in Berlin stations and allover the city has significantly increased (for safety reasons),
  • all of the measures taken don't make me feel safe, they make me feel nervous.
Also I am not quite sure how security guards and heavily armed police would help in case there really was a bomb and it went off. Is this just another conservative trick to point the finger at the Muslims and immigrants while looking for a reason to justify recent xenophobic statements of Angela Merkel?

I'm not really sure anymore. If the Government would really want to protect people then it probably wouldn't choose to do it by spreading fear. Panic doesn't make people feel safe, it does however make them much more vulnerable and easy to manipulate with.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

It's OK to fail.

When I came across postcard with a sign "failure is cool" my first reaction was: No, it isn't! But then I thought about it and came to few interesting conclusions. First of all that failures are integrative part of the learning process. When I think about the situations I learned  from most, it was definitely not the ones after which you open the champagne (or beer in my case). It were the ones where I failed. And usually quite badly.

Being subscribed to way too many newsletters connected to my work, I regularly get tips on how to succeed in this and that. The 5 ways on how to improve communication with your clients, 10 steps for better social networking, 7 good practices on writing etc. It's very interesting to read about mistakes other people made and success they achieved. But can we really learn from it? I remember every time my parents told me not to do something because this and this can/will happen, that was exactly what I did. Not because I wouldn't trust them, but because it's hard to learn from other people's experience.

Most of the society is very intensely focussed on success and there's not necessarily anything wrong with that. But aren't we forgetting that often success is based on learning from your own failure? Eventually you need to fail at some points in your life to be able to move on. That is of course if you are able to reflect upon the mistakes and learn from them at least to some extent.  Could it be that success depends on how successfully we find learning opportunities in our failures and not how successfully we are trying to avoid them?
I wonder. Maybe it's time for a few changes.
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