Author: Dan Maurer

On Failure

Most of you reading this essay, I speculate, have a dim regard for failure. To you, failure is like that “friend of a friend” who showed up at your party, brought bad beer, made inappropriate jokes, and vomited in your bathroom. He’s not particularly welcome, but you did not have much choice in letting him in, and the extent of his exasperating conduct was not completely foreseeable. Your dim regard is not surprising. That, of course, is what the military wants and expects from you. You have learned (or been indoctrinated) to expect success from yourselves. Failure is not...

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