Jun 8, 2011
Failure can be flattering
Posted in "thoughts"
So what does this tell me? Well, I had spent all this time thinking I was ahead of the curve when really there where others seeking out the same kind of functionality with much better insight into the proper implementation and mechanics. Should I be upset? No. Should I be discouraged? Of course not. Although my plugin was a failure, it <u>was</u> an attempt. I had made a conscious effort not to share my idea for months when I could have been apart of that bleeding-edge conversation. That said, the solution I was presented with was just what I was looking for, whether or not I had made it myself or been a contributor (which is often something hard for me to wrap my head around, if you know me well).
Stepping back and admitting defeat can be very hard sometimes. The more attached you are to an idea or solution the more stubborn you are to think subjectively compared to objectively. Having a good understanding of when to give up is extremely important and a valuable character trait. Failure can, ultimately, be flattering.