I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it. ~Thomas Jefferson

Trying and failing seem to be a common theme these days, but they aren’t new concepts.

Last week, Josh Linkner wrote “The Dirty Little Secret Of Overnight Successes.” It’s no secret that success takes hard work, but in a time of instant news via social media networks, email and the Internet, it can be easy to forget. Additionally, this article reiterates the importance of failing and being willing to take risks. Innovative companies know this, and encourage it. Late last year, Jeff Stibel wrote about his hiring philosophy in “Why I Hire People Who Fail.”

This week’s Harvard Business Review has a video from Doug Rauch, former president of Trader Joe’s explaining how risks are required for customer satisfaction.

Risks are inherent in attempting anything. If you try, you risk failing. And that isn’t a bad thing. Because if you don’t fail, chances are really good you aren’t trying hard enough. This is something I heard all winter, every time I fell while skiing (and trust me, I fell a lot this winter). We all fell down when we first tried to ride a bike, right? So why should we be surprised if we fall down when we try something new at work?

If nothing else, our failures teach us what not to do, so the next time we know where to start. It’s easy to play it safe, and it doesn’t mean your projects won’t succeed. However they may not be as successful as they could be.

So, where are you willing to take risks? Have you fallen down recently?

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