Permission To Fail ft. Jon Snow and Pixar



I don’t know how to do that. I thought I did but…I failed.


Good. Now go fail again.

*cue sexy Game of Thrones music*


I think what Davos is trying to say is:

  1. Others will laugh at you and that’s okay because White Walkers are a thousand-year-old legend and don’t actually exist, Jon, you idiot
  2. Even loved ones will discourage you and/or kill you
  3. You will make a lot of mistakes like trusting Oli


Don’t want to listen to the words of a former smuggler? Well, he is a fictional character who had that strange attachment to Stannis Baratheon…let’s step out of Game of Thrones for a second and enter the ‘real’ world.

Pixar. We all love Pixar. Toy Story. Finding Nemo. Cars. WALL-E. The Incredibles. Brave. Up. Someone stop me. Amazing stuff.

Did you know that throughout their creative process, they actually make it their business to fail? The president of Pixar, Ed Catmul, even admitted that all Pixar films really suck at the beginning. It’s a constant process of testing, debate, adaptation; transforming their ideas from suck to non-suck. A 90 minute animated feature film only needs about 12,000 storyboard drawings. The story teams at Pixar create about 125,000: that’s more than 10 times the number of storyboards that are actually used in the final feature.

Andrew Stanton, director of Finding Nemo and WALL-E, put it this way:

“My strategy has always been: be wrong as fast as we can… which basically means, we’re gonna screw up, let’s just admit that. Let’s not be afraid of that. I won’t get it right the first time, but I will get it wrong really soon, really quickly.”

Google, Apple, Pixar…all these companies have developed cultures that empower failure because they know that 50% of the job is to mess up. You try, you fail, find what works, find what doesn’t, try new ideas and get better. They’re all doing something right. Just look at them.

Now look at Jon Snow. If dying is not a good enough reason to give up then you and I are fresh out of excuses.

Suck it.