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I’m a failure.

I fail quite a lot. More often, I suspect, than you do. If there’s anything I could be said to excel at, it’s failure. And I’ve been doing it for over 18 years.

Now, I don’t say that in a self-deprecating way. it’s a positive thing. A lot of uninformed people look at what I do and think I’m quite a success, maybe because mostly I like to draw people’s attention to the successes, but to many at the top of my field, I would be considered washed up, a has been.

But I’m realizing that I’d rather be considered a failure and interesting, than a dull workhorse bashing away at the same unsuccessful goal because of some misplaced sense of duty. Or a sell out doing things just to make money at the expense of principles or taste.
I’m realizing when I’ve given it lots of time, and things aren’t working out, sometimes it’s better to move on, maybe even to another place where your skills can be better utilized…

Trying and failing is a far more productive strategy than not trying something in case it doesn’t work. In fact, if you want to good at something, and be successful – fail early and fail often.
But don’t be afraid to go and make as many of your own mistakes as you can. It’s really the only way to succeed.

I have to give credit for this post to dear Andrew Dubber who is a far far better writer than I am and knew how to say what I was feeling in his post ‘Fail Early, Fail Often’, and allowed me to share it here for you.

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5 Responses to “I’m a failure.”

  1. Martin Says:

    Love this blog post !

    As Neil sung it :

    “It’s better to burn out, then to fade away.”

    Peace

    M

  2. Elika Says:

    Dear Jarome – I think a lot of our friends would disagree with you about failing when you produced the CDs, ‘Fire and Gold’ and ‘Birds of Love’. Friends from around the world are so moved by the production of those projects and would tell you vehemently what a success they are! Thanks for creating a body of work that people all around the world will enjoy for years to come!

  3. Jarome Says:

    Those would definitely be some of the successes Elika! I’m generalizing though with this post.

  4. Darrell Rodgers Says:

    I can empathise with you Jarome. But as I often say, “I never learned anything new, by getting it right the first time”

  5. Laura Says:

    This is a great post, Jarome! I can really identify with it. I think that failure or, in other words, learning, rules! You are a wonderful success in devotion to what you love, creating beautiful and inspiring and very high quality work, and in striving to live in line with your principles. I can’t think of what could be more important! Keep it up 😉