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Learning by Failing

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I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. –Thomas Edison

There are a lot of great quotes about failing. The University of South Alabama’s still new football team lost to Kent State this weekend. This is their second loss ever. The final score was 33-25. The score does not really tell the whole story, Kent State took an early lead for most of the game. USA came back with a vengeance but ran out of time.

I wish they could have won, but I’m not disappointed in the team. They are still finding their way. This is the first season for away games, and to play bigger and more established teams. I guess the main thing is that we will see what they learn from this. Learning by failing is a tried and true technique. Learning by failing is important because failing shows you what you don’t know. Many things that are now considered normal and acceptable were once considered impossible. What if Wilbur and Orville Wright had given up on flying after their first couple of attempts didn’t work out?

It seems to me that how you fail can tell a lot about how you will succeed. If something doesn’t work, do you still keep trying it the same way, or do you try to innovate? Do you dig in or give up? Failure can be a very frustrating experience, but if you keep on trying and finally achieve success it is a great feeling. Sometimes you never succeed, but you may have learned about related things that help you with something else. No matter what, it seems to me that it is better not to view failure as a curse but more as an opportunity.


Hello World!

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I felt like I should title my blog “Hello World!”  I did some computer programming about a million years ago and that was my first program.

I am starting this blog for several reasons.

Firstly, I just want to learn about blogging.  What better way than to actually just start blogging!  Many of my posts will be on my research and personal interests and I hope to get feedback from anyone who reads it.  I have spent a lot of time reading cooking blogs.  I love Smitten Kitchen, Pioneer Woman Cooks, and David Lebovitz among many others.  Perhaps part of my blog could be devoted to sharing recipes and writing about food.

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