People often view failure as the worst thing that can happen to a person. I had an earlier blog post where I discussed how sometimes it is best to just give up on certain pursuits or tasks. Earlier this year I began a side project with several friends and, long story short, it ended up failing. The main reason for this failure had to be the fact that it was not a need in the community and it was too inconvenient. What I’ve learned as a result of this failure is to be very careful when starting a project, and to ensure that it will be a need in the community. Something very important when starting a side project is to publicize it as much as possible, and as a result, develop an audience that is looking forward to the result and will help you reach that result. It has often been found that failing at something and correcting it helps people learn more than doing something right the first time. When something fails, make sure to take the time to reflect on it and treat it as a lesson.
People often wonder when innovation happens. Often people think it is a sudden realization, a “Eureka” moment. According to Steven Johnson, however, innovation is a slow process in which an idea grows and develops.
There is an entire Ted playlist dedicated to where ideas come from (I would recommend a look):http://www.ted.com/playlists/20/where_do_ideas_come_from.html