Failure during a trial-and-error activity is a positive thing because it inches the individual toward greater understanding.
Any outcome is a good outcome, because it yields new information:
If your experiment proved your initial theory wrong, then it’s better to know it sooner than later.
And if the experiment confirmed the initial theory, then you can move onto testing other hypotheses.
In many endeavours – creative, scientific, anything with uncertainty (and what else?) – the above attitude is a productive mindset because it means you are moving forward.
“While the process was difficult and time consuming, Peter and his crew never believed that a failed approach meant that they had failed.
Instead, they saw that each idea led them a bit closer to finding the better option.
And that allowed them to come to work each day engaged and excited, even while in the midst of confusion.
This is key: when experimentation is seen as necessary and productive, not a frustrating waste of time, people will enjoy their work – even when it is confounding them.”
Source: Edwin Catmull (2014) Creativity Inc