That’s an odd thing to say, isn’t it? “You failed – well done!”
But that’s not quite what I mean.
A big “Attaboy!” goes out to Peter Vanvliet, who recently posted on his blog about an experiment with sectional layout construction using foam board.
So why the congratulations? Two reasons:
1 – He tried something, rather than simply ask others. This hobby thrives on experimentation of the kind Peter has just undertaken. And when experimenting, unless loss of life or limb is involved there’s really no such thing as a failure – just an undesired outcome. But Peter has learned valuable lessons from this failure, I’m sure – lessons that he’ll apply to his next attempt.
2 – Rather than hide the results, Peter has shared them online so that others can benefit from his experiment. As he writes, “I am keeping this article on my website, just in case someone is interested in pursuing this idea.” Peter’s results should not encourage others from trying – what fails to work for some may work fine for others. And to this end, I applaud him for NOT saying, “To prevent others from making the same mistake” or some other such negative statement. In fact, Peter’s statement challenges one to pursue the idea further – building on the lessons he’s learned.
So, Peter: I’m sorry it didn’t work for you, but congratulations on your “failure”, nonetheless! Very well done!