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The Blessings of Failure

Fail early, fail often, but always fail forward.

John C. Maxwell
Setup Your Mac (1.2.7) Failure Dialog


A user’s recent admission on the MacAdmin’s Slack #nudge-jamf channel of a configuration error prompted me to add the following comment:

We learn more from our failures than we do from our successes.

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And yet, we never want to fail.

One Hundred Feet

To illustrate the point of learning from failure, I like to ask one of my sons: “How many feet before you’re going to turn do you need to signal?”

He quickly responds: One hundred feet.

(He knows the answer now because that’s the question he missed on his Ohio driver’s license exam.)

Mistakes o’ Plenty

My family — especially my wife — are quite supportive of me, my odd sleeping schedule and my early morning hours and then patiently listen to my stories from that day during family dinners.

I have our youngest son fooled into thinking I never make mistakes; I tell him:

I make plenty of mistakes, I just normally discover them before anyone else.

But not always.

Stop Nudging Me!

If you were one of my co-workers in May 2021, you most likely reached out and said “Stop Nudging Me!”

Hopefully, my rather public admission of failure prevented others from making the same mistake.

Additional Reading

When we deal in generalities, we will never have a success; but as we deal in specifics, we will rarely have a failure.

Thomas S. Monson
Posted in Religion

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