Meaning and failure

21 February 2006

If people don’t feel like they can really screw up then they can’t feel like what they do is important. Making it impossible for a child or a subordinate to fail is a recipe for meaninglessness.

Note that the converse isn’t necessarily true. It is possible to be held to account for success or failure in a meaningless task.

The former is a recipe for apathy. The latter is a recipe for despair.

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