From as early as the beginning of human history, the generalization, objectification of failing and the associated dogma has only preconditioned our thought process to see failing in a negative connotation, as an endpoint with no return.
However, what we fail to see (pun) is that, the base for every invention, discovery is something or someone failing, but didn’t fail in the entirety.
Failure and Failing. It starts with the question, “How surprised were you when you failed?” Or “How surprised are you going to be when you fail?”
Some of the variables that can be factored towards failure are, time, cost, effort, motivation, people and most importantly, planning and expectations.
Its not to say that everything will work as per plans, but about expecting failures.
Setting expectations to self that the whole deal of “like clock work” is a little superficial and even clocks fail.
Being overtly cautious, loaded with multiple layers of contingency plans, might make one a paranoid.
The idea is not to just be paranoid, but rather knowing and expecting, failures are part of the process and kicking in the fall back mechanism to handle the failure effectively.
While failures are part of the process, failing is, not expecting failure, giving up and not finding another hack.