Freedom … to Fail

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Today, those of us in the United States and indeed many other parts of the world celebrate the 247th year of Freedom.

Generally, freedom is seen as a function of speech, religion, lifestyle choices and even entrepreneurship.  In 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt proposed Four Fundamental Freedoms:

  1. Freedom of Speech
  2. Freedom of Worship
  3. Freedom from Want
  4. Freedom from Fear

In some ways, these levels of freedom fit within lower levels of Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs.  However, the road to the top levels (especially self-actualization) of his pyramid can be rocky.

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”

Robert F. Kennedy

Failure can be a great teacher.  As Thomas Edison is credited with saying, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”  So we argue that the Freedom to Fail is as important as other freedoms.  For without failure human progress would stall.

So as we celebrate with hot dog eating contests, fireworks and being with family, lets not forget that our modern conveniences and even political and social experiments that work are a function of many so called earlier failures.

Topics of the day include ESG, DEI and other social trends.  However, not all processes tried will be successful.  However, we can’t get to wherever ‘there’ is with taking a chance.

Do you allow yourself the Freedom to Fail, Learn and Move On?

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See our Economic Value Proposition Matrix® (EVPM) for additional information and a free version to build your own EVPM.

The author’s credentials in this field are available on his LinkedIn page.  Moreover, Dr. Shemwell is a coauthor of the just published book, “Smart Manufacturing: Integrating Transformational Technologies for Competitiveness and Sustainability.”  His focus is on Operational Technologies.

“People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.” (Martin Luther King speech at Cornell College, 1962).  For more information on Cross Cultural Engagement, check out our Cross Cultural Serious Game.  You can contact this author as well.

For more details regarding climate change models, check out Bjorn Lomborg ands his latest book, False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet.

Regarding the economics of Climate Change, check out our recent blog, Crippling Green.

For those start-up firms addressing energy (including renewables) challenges, the author can put you in touch with Global Energy Mentors which provide no-cost mentoring services from energy experts.  If interested, check it out and give me a shout.

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