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Academics at UCL have identified 18 reasons why megaprojects such as HS2 and Crossrail often fail, as well as 54 preventative solutions. The study found that no isolated factor could account for the poor performance of megaprojects. Instead, the paper is the first to identify several causes and suggest a systemic approach to enhance understanding of megaprojects.

The team list the six themes as decision-making behavior; strategy, governance and procurement; risk and uncertainty; leadership and capable teams; stakeholder engagement and management; supply chain integration and coordination. They were found to be all of equal importance when analyzing why such projects seem doomed to fail. (1)

Aim high. Fall hard.

Does it matter?

Failures are signposts for success anyway. Why fear of them?

The question is not whether failure is good or bad, but whether we should strive for success in the first place! What is success really? Would you celebrate for a mega-project? Would you celebrate for changing the world? Or would that be a cause for sadness?

We admire those who succeed in life.

But they are essentially those who fail to accept death.

We admire change imposed by us.

But this only disguises failure to adapt to what already Is.

Can you see your feet?

Can you feel your heart?

In the midst of your journey…

Do you dare to ask?

Go fail!

It is really astonishing how humanity insists on forgetting the fruitful role of failure in our lives.

We actually tend to believe that success happens just out of the blue: a person thinks of something innovative and he then materializes it. It’s all a happy story. As simple as that. That person managed to be so creative because he was… creative!

Simple, huh? NOT!

Reality is all too much different.

A person cannot be innovative or creative just… Because! Someone gets creative when he has failed a thousand times to perform a task he thought easy. We tend to be innovative only after all-too-many attempts have proved a total catastrophy. Only after all too many plans we schetched have proved problematic.

An innovative idea is the grandchild of Failure…

Not only must we not be afraid to fail, but we must see failure as a dear friend.

Welcome failure!

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