Sunday, June 12, 2011

Learning to Fail - Wile E Coyote, Super Genius

coyote_1024.jpgAs a kid, my favorite thing to do on Saturday morning was to wake up - 6-ish, get a huge bowl of cereal, then sit in front of the TV and watch cartoons until about noon. I loved Looney Tunes; Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, and I most of all... Wile E. Coyote, Super Genius - a creation of the late, great Chuck Jones.  The coyote was always trying to capture that elusive road runner. I loved that he was not just a genius, he was a SUPER genius and wildly clever, at least he tried to be. He would order boxes from ACME and put together elaborate systems to capture the road runner - which never worked. Ever. Most of the time they back fired so badly that he would get hurdled off a cliff or catapulted into a wall.

The coyote failed over and over and over but he never gave up. He never allowed his failures to dampen his determination. I loved that about him - even at age 7.  But - you may be thinking - the coyote never got the road runner! That's the interesting thing about success and failure.You know what they say - success always occurs in private, and failure in full view. So I like to think somewhere out there... the coyote won.


moodyblue2 said...

There is one cartoon where the coyote finally catches the road runner so he does succeed in the end!

Robert Terson said...

Of course he won: he entertained you and made you care for him. Now that's what I call win-win!

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