As Aaliyah once said, “if at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again. You can dust it off and try again. Try again.” (Well, the original quote is from William Edward Hickson, but Aaliyah RULES.) As an inventor it’s important to learn how to deal with your failure so it doesn’t stop you from inventing. Here at littleBits, we’ll try an invention 10 times before it works right. Here are a few things to keep in mind during your own invention journey.
1. Failure Is A Part Of The Process
You may worry about whether your prototypes will work, but you have to remind yourself that this is just your first prototype. It’s a test run so you can learn more about your idea. If it doesn’t work the way you planned the first time, there will be plenty of time to keep working on it – that’s a normal part of the Invention Cycle that every inventor goes through.
2. Failure Can Teach You Something New
Albert Einstein once said, “If you’ve never failed, you’ve never tried anything new.” When an idea doesn’t work, it hasn’t really failed. It’s succeeded in showing you something new about how things work. Use your failure as an opportunity to learn something.
3. Failure Can Make You Empathetic
It’s important to consider how your inventions will be used. You don’t want the people using your inventions to encounter failure. So it’s better that you fail early on. That way you can fix your invention so there’s less of a chance the end user will have problems.
4. Failure Makes Success So Much Sweeter
Learning from failure can make you appreciate success much better. At littleBits we talk about the inventor journey because the process of inventing is sometimes long and arduous. So once you reach your goal, after brainstorming, testing, iterating, remixing, and improving on your invention, you feel much more accomplished. That’s the moment you realize that you’ve become an inventor!