Survivorship/Absence Blindness

The tendency to forget or ignore failures. This is the antithesis of learning from your mistakes.

Startup culture is all about embracing failure as a chance to learn and get better. But the truth is, humans generally suck at doing this. We don’t like learning from our mistakes, in fact most of us tend to ignore or even outright forget past mistakes. Some people are worse than others, and we probably all can think of that extremely opinionated person who was always wrong but could never admit it.

Part of becoming a great indie game developer is being able to criticize your own mistakes, and take those lessons to heart. You can’t change the past, and we all do stupid things, but you have to teach yourself to take mistakes for what they are: An opportunity to improve.

Return of the Obra Dinn