“Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”

“Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” A quote from Samuel Beckett.

What does this mean, and how does this apply to you and to your practice as a web designer?

Read the article from Design Observer’s guest writer Matt Soar, and make comment: http://www.designobserver.com/archives/entry.html?id=33804

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  • chriswren  On November 23, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    “Try again. Fail again. Fail better,” means that failure is part of the creative process as a web designer. Each failure will bring you closer to your goal by generating new ideas and eliminating others. Continue trying, continue building on previous mistakes, and continue experimenting. You never actually fail unless you quit. it is only a temporary setback so try again and continue to make improvements. Failures are just stepping stones to your destination. Each failure opens up a whole new world of opportunities and possibilities. The fun is in the journey, and the ride is always the most exciting. I like the quote from Winston Churchill: “Success consists of going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm.” “Entheos” means inspired by God. What an exciting and passionate approach to take towards design. “Keep on keepin’ on.”

  • barbdwire55  On November 17, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    OMG! Typed out a huge comment and lost it. But guess what? I failed but I will try again. This time I will copy it before submitting. You will just have to take my word for it, but the first comment was perfection. Recreating it will be ‘fail better’.

    I do like this saying. Try again. Fail again. Fail Better.

    It is a refreshing realistic way to look at creativity. No one wants to be or hire failure. Success is the name of the game. Success is the safety zone. That is where we want to be. But could we become creatively stagnant, never trying new things or pushing ourselves forward? Success and creativity are somewhat incongruous. Creativity is the use of endless possibilities. Therefore, try again, fail again, fail better. If you don’t, you have stopped short of creativity and are in the safe place.

    Another way to look at it is that we have a life of learning. Will we ever arrive at that place of knowing all there is to know? Would we want to if it meant we would be stagnant and not experiencing growth?

    I think this is a healthy informed way to live. I’m very aware of my tendancy for imperfection, but it doesn’t really bother me. I know that I will try again.

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