Yes, Failure is an Option
Last night, I was sitting on my couch stuffing my face with strawberries and Nutella when I came across this Domino’s commercial...
And you know what?
I loved it.
Because it was probably the most refreshing thing I’ve seen in a really long time.
Now I know you’re probably thinking, “what the heck is so awesome about a pizza commercial??”
Thing is… it wasn’t about the pizza.
It was about the company, and its culture.
A company that’s okay with admitting that it’s not perfect.
A company that’s okay with accepting failure.
A company that’s willing to learn from that failure and then makes changes.
I don’t know…maybe I’m crazy, but I really liked their honesty.
Because that honesty is really hard to come by these days.
It seems that organizations spend way too much time trying to be the best…trying to be perfect.
AKA… no failure allowed.
So when failure does naturally happen at some point or another, corporate execs spend more time pointing fingers than on actually learning from that failure and continuing to make progress.
I guess that’s why I like this commercial so much.
Because if more companies embraced a culture that’s okay with failure…that sees the value in learning from things that don’t necessarily work out…maybe employees would go out on a limb more often.
Maybe there’d be more innovation.
Maybe we’d actually find solutions to most of our problems.
But we don’t, because we’re scared.
We don’t because, again… most organizations punish people who venture from the norm and then fail.
That’s not cool, and quite frankly, we’re not gunna get anywhere in life with an attitude like that.
So props to you, Domino’s, for being smart enough to say, “hey, we’re not perfect…and we’re fine with that.”
That’s the kind of company I’d like to work for one day…
One that’s not putting on a front.
One that’s honest and sincere.
One that’s accepted that not only is failure an option, but failure is necessary in order to experience growth.
Way to go, Domino’s. You’ve got my attention.
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