If You Couldn’t Fail

In People Development

“In order for imagination to flourish, there must be an opportunity to see things as other than they currently are or appear to be. This begins with a simple question: What if? It is a process of introducing something strange and perhaps even demonstrably untrue into our current situation or perspective.” — John Seely Brown

In his book, A More Beautiful Question, Warren Berger interviews serial entrepreneur and writer Jonathan Fields, who tells us that asking ourselves: “What would I do if I knew I couldn’t fail?” is the type of question that makes us powerless. Instead, Fields says, we should ask these alternate questions.

  • What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?
  • What if I fail — how will I recover?
  • What if I do nothing?
  • What if I succeed?
  • What’s truly worth doing, whether you fail or succeed?
  • In this failure, what went right?

From: Co.Design and Fast Company