On this blog (and generally), I encourage experimentation. Why? Well, the history of innovation is not a straight line. It is littered with unanticipated consequences in the proper and best sense of the phrase — people solving immediate problems and thereby exposing new opportunities, shifting paradigms, new trends, new answers. Moving forward is about achieving a new (and often better) vantage point.
Here is a video from Honda with some great stories about how creative and competitive people have failed, and through this “failure,” succeeded. It is, I think, ultimately a testament to resiliency and persistence.
Was it failure after all? Or just the necessary path?