Productivity & Work

Work as Failure Prevention

No one cares about nor remembers success. They only look for failure, since that’s something to talk about and gives them the leg up. If you just talked about the things that went well, it goes, then there wouldn’t be any room for improvement.

Yet people rarely get praised for the right decisions and always get called out for the wrong ones. Success thinking is a paradox. It focuses more on preventing failure instead of celebrating progress.

Fear of getting fired. Fear of underperforming. Fear of disapproval. Fear of making mistakes. If fear drives your work, then you’ve already given someone the keys to your destiny.

Stressing failure and blame and not giving enough credit ensures good work never sees the day of light.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.