Accidental chains of events have fueled many great developments throughout history. Dr. Alexander Fleming is considered the father of antibiotics, but his discovery of penicillin could have been told as the story of a sloppy scientist too excited about going on vacation to even do his dishes (petri dishes in this case) in a timely manner. Inc Magazine notes this and another 8 examples of great failures in their article “9 Brilliant Inventions Made by Mistake”.
We need to understand that mistakes and failure are irreplaceable organizational hormones required to spur and modulate both innovation and growth at a personal level, at an organizational level, and even at a national level. Continue reading