What did you do wrong that you must remember?

Friday, 28 August 2020

Did you know that an aircraft’s black box is bright orange?

Did you know that the orange-black box records failure and over-writes success?

And did you know that from a young age we are taught to do the opposite?

Which is why today we still record our successes with pride and hide our miserable failures in blushing shame. (And why we, supposedly wise adults, tolerate it when little kids get fake trophies for successfully showing up.)

Thomas Edison did the opposite. He recorded 10,000 ways of how not to make a light bulb.

Edison understood that a failure is something you should never need to repeat, something you should waste no more time on. But that failure is something to remember.

Because if you don’t remember it, you probably will repeat it.


Here’s your Friday Trigger Question:

  • What did you do wrong this week that you would rather forget, but must remember so that you never repeat it?

As always, don’t forget to review our 5 regular Friday Trigger Questions:

  1. What did you succeed at or achieve this past week?
  2. What had you planned to do or to achieve this week, but did not?
  3. What did you fail at this past week?
  4. What surprised you, or caught you unprepared, this past week?
  5. What important or mutually beneficial relationship changed this week?

Bonus Question: What had you worried or concerned, but never happened?

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