• Adam Walter

Relatability from Failure to Funny

Updated: Oct 8, 2020

Listen: Humanize IT Podcast Blog Ep 122

In this week’s episode of Humanize IT, entrepreneur and improv expert Gina Trimarco joined Adam for the third installment of Improvised Intelligence, where they discussed how to make the best out of failure. As it turns out, your failures can often be a gift in disguise. Don’t hide them — own them and learn from them!

Failure leads to humor

Comedy has two keys: repetition and contrast. Relatability is a form of repetition. When we can connect and commiserate on something we have in common, we can find a funny point of view in something that would otherwise be considered sad or embarrassing. People relate to failure more than they relate to perfection. Take the show “The Office” as an example. These are everyday employees working an everyday office job, but people feel like they know those same people in real life. Their fails become funny because of relatability.

Failure humanizes you

On the same note, it’s human nature to fail now and then. Successful people who fail become our heroes because people love vulnerability. On the other hand, those who strive to appear perfect can seem unapproachable. Supermodels, influencers and other celebrities often feel trapped because they feel they can’t make mistakes, which would be a rough way to live. Failures happen, and you’re only human. If you do something embarrassing, own the heck out of it and be glad the whole world isn’t watching! It only gets worse when you try to hide it.

Failure deepens relationships

When you fail and admit your mistakes, people trust you more. Relationships deepen through failure, self deprecation and laughing at your mistakes, because it lets people know they’re not alone in their own struggles. That’s the very reason why we have a fail of the week! Your choices are either to throw a fit or to laugh it off, and life’s too short to get upset. Handle failure with grace, and others will feel more comfortable sharing their own obstacles.

Failure makes you resilient

You should not only accept it, but solicit it and actively seek it. Through failure comes growth, and through growth comes resiliency. Sometimes it’s good to purposely break something so you can make it better or fail at something to inspire innovation. Failure also sometimes forces you to adapt and overcome. For example, Gina once fell and broke her wrist at a convention. She played it off in front of everyone, then ended up in a cast for four months. This was her working hand and she could hardly move it, so she had to learn to do things a little differently and became a stronger person because of it.

You also become more desirable to hirers if you’ve been through a lot and learned along the way. Resiliency is a valuable skill and means you can handle anything that comes your way. Take COVID, for example. Business owners were forced to turn their old methods upside down and stay optimistic in finding new solutions. Instead of thinking of the doom and gloom, predict the unpredictable and brace yourself for the gifts that these changes will bring you in the future.

Be sure to listen to the podcast to hear Adam’s and Gina’s Fails of the Week, and stay tuned for our final installment of Improvised Intelligence next week!

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