Strategic Fail

Fail fast. Your success depends on it

BACK in high school, you teachers probably trained you in ‘exam technique’.

For example, your maths teacher probably gave your class exam-prep advice which sounded something like this: “do the easy questions first, skip anything you don’t understand and come back to it at the end of the test if you have time. Use your time carefully.” This is excellent advice. That is to say, it is excellent advice if you want to pass a high school maths exam.

Fast forward 15 years and imagine little Jimmy from your maths class, now a medical doctor, standing in an emergency room doing surgery on your father. Do you want him to skip the tricky bits and come back to them at the end?

Would you prefer a doctor who is good at surgery and good at golf? Or a doctor who is excellent at surgery and horrible at golf?

The advice that got us through high school exams, won’t get us through life. Trying to be good at everything is only a good strategy if you are trying to ensure that you don’t become excellent at anything.

Fail strategically, and fail fast.

Your success depends on it.