Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Once Upon a Time In a Galaxy Very, Very Far Away From Failure...


My advisor sent me an interesting small text about a thing that the major part of the persons seek/chase/search/look for: Success.

What I found so interesting was that the text, to tells us about Success, mainly dealt with Failure. It remembered me an old friend of mine from the High School years. That guy frequently said that, the more we are getting right about something, bigger are the chances to commit a mistake. When a failure happens, the chances to get right increases. It is (at first glance) a strange argument. But anyway...

By the way, here you are the text, it is about the talking between IBM founder, Thomas J. Watson, and Arthur Gordon.

" 'On the Far Side of Failure', the story of Arthur Gordon's life-changing encounter with Thomas J. Watson, Sr., the founder of IBM.

After the interview, Thomas Watson offered Arthur Gordon a job with IBM.

Arthur Gordon said he wanted to be a successful writer, swallowed hard, then told Mr. Watson 'about the years of writing failures, the endless rejection slips.'

Thomas Watson replied, 'It's not exactly my line, but would you like me to give you a formula for writing success? It's quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure.'

Arthur Gordon was stunned.

'You're making a common mistake,' said Thomas Watson. 'You're thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn't at all. Failure is a teacher -- a harsh one, perhaps, but the best....You can be discouraged from failure -- or you can learn from it. So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because, remember, that's where you'll find success. On the far side of failure.' "

Até Mais!!



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