When you’re green you grow when you’re ripe you rot.

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein

Okay, so I’m going to start my blog with this video. Anyone who knows me knows how much I like this talk by Derek Sivers on failure. That he is from Portland is just an added bonus.

Probably my favorite part of this presentation is where he talks about Picasso being video taped while in the process of painting. The painting goes through many revisions, at some points Picasso even seems unsure of himself. Ideas are crossed out and redone until he gets to his finished product. He made many mistakes to get to his completed painting. The big take away here is that you cannot compare your internal self to the external self of someone else. Think about it. You know everything about you, you know all of your insecurities, the circuitous route you take to finally arrive at a decision, etc. For someone else all you know is the final product the present – you do not see their internal process. So do not compare your inside to the outside of someone else. You will always come out short.

Why You Need to Fail – by Derek Sivers from Derek Sivers on Vimeo.

2 thoughts on “When you’re green you grow when you’re ripe you rot.

  1. My mantra for the last 20+ years has been “when you are ripe you rot, and when you are green you grow.” How odd to hear this. Not to mention I have taught my music students that practicing should be ugly. This guy has a great way of saying the obvious. thanks for sharing.

  2. I can’t remember where I heard it first, but the phrase “failing forward” comes to mind. The very essence and meaning of progress (or life for that matter) is change. When things stop changing, when they become completely static, they’re essentially dead.

    Some changes will work, some won’t, but that’s how it works.

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