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Hi, I’m Brad Feld, a managing director at the Foundry Group who lives in Boulder, Colorado. I invest in software and Internet companies around the US, run marathons and read a lot.

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Failure Is An Option

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My friend Dave sent me a hysterical Onion article titled Failure Now An OptionI hate the phrase "failure is not an option" – of course it is.  Some choice quotes:

  • "As failure continues to dominate the American landscape, this mantra must be overruled"
  • "We have no choice but to revoke failure’s non-optional status, effective immediately,"
  • "Now all citizens … will [be able to say] Fuck that – this isn’t worth it."
  • "The only difference is that now Americans can choose, without fear of being ostracized by society, to quit long before getting ahead."

And some data.

"Other data seem to confirm the Interior Department’s findings. A recent CBS News/New York Times poll revealed that 64 percent of Americans are "perfectly comfortable" with coming up just short, 43 percent are content to try only once rather than try, try again, and an overwhelming 95 percent admitted that after falling down, they now prefer to stay down.  Only 4 percent indicated having "some interest" in applying their balls to the wall."

While this is typical Onion satire, the brilliance of it is its underlying relevance.

  • http://www.scrollinondubs.com Sean Tierney

    Brad, have you read Seth Godin's “The Dip?” It's a super fast read – you could probably inhale that one in about 30min. Similar message though- we have this deeply embedded notion that failure is this horrific thing that we should do everything to prevent. The premise of The Dip is to diffuse that psychology and know when to retreat so you can allocate your limited resources to the other worthy pursuits that you can actually win. i met Seth while he was in Phx last yr and posted some thoughts on his talk and book here-> http://www.scrollinondubs.com/2007/05/24/seth-god

    sean

    • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

      I love Seth and his books but haven't read The Dip yet. I just Kindle'd it.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/sean_tierne2149 sean_tierne2149

    Brad, have you read Seth Godin's "The Dip?" It's a super fast read – you could probably inhale that one in about 30min. Similar message though- we have this deeply embedded notion that failure is this horrific thing that we should do everything to prevent. The premise of The Dip is to diffuse that psychology and know when to retreat so you can allocate your limited resources to the other worthy pursuits that you can actually win. i met Seth while he was in Phx last yr and posted some thoughts on his talk and book here-> http://www.scrollinondubs.com/2007/05/24/seth-god

    sean

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld bfeld

    I love Seth and his books but haven't read The Dip yet. I just Kindle'd it.

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