Success requires persistent failure
15 January 2021 at 12:00:00
Perfect governance does not exist.
Governance is not so much a goal, but a journey of mastery.
Dr Sarah Lewis, author of the book, 'The Rise' writes,
"Mastery requires endurance. Mastery, a word we don't use often is not the equivalent of what we might consider its cognate, perfectionism, which is an inhuman aim motivated by a concern with how others view us. Mastery is also not the same as success, an event-based victory based on a peak point; a punctuated moment in time. Mastery is not meerly a commitment to a goal, but to a curved line, constant pursuit".
One of the components of our model of governance is called 'reasoned persistence'. It sits there to demonstrate the constant need to pursue; the recognition that governance is in fact a never ending cycle.
As Sarah Lewis says, "Repeat success can become dysfunctional persistence".
Essentially, innovation does not come from success on success, it comes from repeated failure.
We should be careful not to confuse our feelings of success with the need for failure to move towards mastery.