Fail, to Succeed

Twitter Fail Whale, redrawn as freaked out by ShannaBanan_o_rama at Deviant Art

Twitter Fail Whale, redrawn as freaked out by ShannaBanan_o_rama at DeviantArt.com

I recently read Leonard Mlodinow’s Drunkard’s Walk, one of the many recent popular texts on behavioral economics. A very good read and this quote from Thomas J. Watson (the IBM one, not the telephone one) in the concluding chapter stuck with me:

If you want to succeed, double your failure rate.

That’s a dictum that libraries, as much as any other organization, should heed. One of the things I love about working at NCSU is the willingness to try things that may or may not work, learn, and iterate.

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