Do things to fail, and Learn

One of my favorite approach is doing things to see what may not work and why- instead of chasing what would work.

It’s like, dismissing the wrong way first, when walking thorough the process- up to certain point- is done and the reason why it won’t work has been grasped. It could be “costly” in terms of effort, time, and hitting the wall might seems like a “loss” or “waste”.

The worthy part is that, you either get to one step closer to the correct resolution in a fashion that Thomas Alva Edison suggested- or even better, you would discover another way of doing things that you wouldn’t see otherwise.

The best is that, the habit helps to think broadly, and eventually you start to not limiting yourself to boundary. Other side-effect is, you get to know a lot about the wrong ways better than most folks. ;)

I frequently practice this, specially when designing stuff. However, I find, this could be very fatal when you’re enjoying this process too much, and practicing this habit in times when you do not have enough resource to burn away!

BTW it’s not that you want to do what is very obvious failure- we’re talking about things that may have possibility of success, or failure- which you do not know for sure, including the mindset and expectation for the outcome.


  1. Keep the spirit! You remind me of our very own Malaysian writer Billi Lim whose book “Dare To Fail” becomes the No.1 International Best Selling book.

    That’s really a cool approach towards work, Omo. Going through the process of trial and error. Looking into matters that go wrong and finding ways to resolve them or actually, learning more the mistakes in them. Yes, that’s what Thomas Alva Edison did and in the end, he achieved success.

    All the best to you! :)

    1. Omaar Osmaan

      Thank you, BB- it’s always refreshing to get your support. Definitely have to check out Billi Lim, it must be interesting!

      Usually most people chase for success and miss to understand the problem which they supposed to solve in the first place- and that practice lead them either to give up too early, or worse, they never have the gut to even try it.

      The trail and error are very important. It’s the secret sauce actually, to always able to turn something into working, and better than everyone else- :)

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