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Fast Company May 2007

April 24, 2007

I wanted to share some quotes from an article about the guy who invented the Dyson vacuum, it is entitled “Failure Doesn’t Suck.”

“We’re taught to do things the right way. But if you want to discover something that other people haven’t, you need to do things the wrong way. Initiate a failure by doing something that’s very silly, unthinkable, naughty, dangerous. Watching why that fails can take you on a completely different path.”

What do you think about that? I have certainly experienced a lot of failure in ministry and so I suppose I find this very appealing. Is it a cop out? In the end I think he speaks more truth than maybe even he realizes. Jesus ministry was judged a failure by the culture of his day. Paul talks about the fact that the Jews saw it as offensive and the Gentiles believed it was silly to think of a leader dieing in such an embarrassing way.

Why does the church that has Jesus as the foundation have such an aversion to perceived failure? How many ministries never get off the ground or die a quick death because they are deemed failures? What if they just needed more time or what if what needed to be learned was why they failed?

What do you think? I want to leave you with one more quote from the article, I am interested to hear your feedback.

It can take a very long time to develop interesting products and get them right. Bur out society has an instant-gratification thing. We admire instant brilliance, effortless brilliance. I think quite the reverse. You should admire the person who perseveres and slogs through and gets there in the end.

How many Bible characters would fit Dyson’s final statement? Do we celebrate people like that today or pity them?

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