Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“How can I immunize myself against failure?”
“What we call ‘failure’ is a mental model. We can think of it metaphorically as a story. Based on its content, the story makes you feel in a certain way.
What you actually want to immunize yourself against is the feeling produced by your idiosyncratic story. However a different story will produce a different feeling.
You can focus on managing the feeling, or on changing the story.
What story of failure do you want to live by?
Here’s one idea:
There is no such thing as failure.
There is only Feerback.
There is only Learning.
There is only Play.
I call this story-template designification/resignification.”