September 16th, 2009

Macbeth the Usurper

Work and Failure

Work and failure. They go together into the same topic.

Failure would seem to be a bad topic, but it's not. Right now, in the US, we are failure averse. Failure = Failure. That's a shame, because failure is an integral part of life. You NEED failure. Failure teaches you what you need to know.

When I got out of college, I was a pretty bad worker and a pretty good one. It really depends on what I was doing. And that is about the whole story of my following career. I would try jobs and either succeed or fail, with the fails kicking me out of jobs that I didn't really thrive in. In that respect, all failure did for me was push me on to better and different things.

When it comes to jobs where I am closely supervised and I must produce routinely, I get massively underchallenged, stop paying attention, and generally don't produce what people want, when they want it.

In jobs where the work is loose, self-initiative is needed, and there considerable amounts of complexity and variation, I thrive.

Put me onto logistics, and I'll be ho-hum. Put me into solving logistical snarls, and I'll shine for you.