Failceed is a word made up of “Failure and succeed”, which stands for “succeed through failure”.

Success through failure is something that my fellow countrymen and I do not like. We hate mistakes. That is why we are strong when it comes to continuous improvement. Making something good even better, that is what we are good at.

Some examples where Failceed has brought mankind much further:


  • In September 1928, Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin through a contaminated Petri dish. He saw that the bacteria around the fungus colony were dissolved.
  • In 1968, Spencer Silver of (3M) worked on the development of a new super glue. The developed product did not establish itself on the market. In 1974, a colleague of his was annoyed that his bookmark in the church choir fell out of his music book. He applied the glue to small pieces of paper and tested his invention the very next Sunday.

We all know samples of failceed. One of the challenges of making a mistake is that we would like to clarify the question of guilt. Thereby you can assume that most people honestly want the best. Unfortunately, it is not always the right invention at the right time in the right place.

In today’s VUCA world, innovation is all about knowing as quickly as possible whether you can succeed or not. This is usually done through repetitive experiments. It takes almost 300 innovations for a great success.

Of course, there are also moments when error is not an option. The best example of this is probably the rescue of the Apollo 13 crew. Blessed with this self-conception, the team on the ground did everything possible to bring the crew back. A filceed as written in the book.


Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

Samuel Beckett

So keep trying, because


Only the first and the last who do something become famous.

Alister Maclean, Commander Orion VIII

And knowing that failing fast and failing cheap is the new paradigm for all sorts of innovation should give you more confidence in trying and not just waiting for the future.