“Version One is better than Version None,” a friend said to me last night. This friend has been a source of practical, creative inspiration since we first met. 

I was telling him about all the unfinished pieces of writing I had lying around. 

Back when I was taking trumpet classes, I had an issue with jazz. While I had that clean, classical sound down pat, free-play jazz was difficult for me. 

“You need to stop being afraid of making mistakes,” my teacher said. 

If you don’t try, you won’t know. Fail early, fail fast. These mottoes are easy to understand on a theoretical level but there’s a biochemical response to failure that happens in the body. 

Left unmanaged, failing once increases your chances for future failure

Could it be possible though, that failure is something perceived? 

Could our failures possibly be reframed so that while we understand that we have failed, our brains don’t? 

Thus, bypassing the neurochemical pathways that lead to the all too familiar feelings of dejectedness, self-doubt and indecisiveness.

Perhaps the key is not to take failure so personally. Perhaps there’s a need to realise that failing once, making mistakes, doesn’t make us failures. 

Perhaps we should ask instead, “What can I do better next time?”

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