After 9,000 failed attempts at making a light bulb, Thomas Edison was asked if he felt like a failure. His response?
”Young man, why would I feel like a failure? And why would I ever give up? I now know definitively over 9,000 ways that an electric light bulb will not work. Success is almost in my grasp.”
And sometime after his 10,000th failure, he got it right.
As a raid leader, I go by the motto that its fine for anyone to wipe a raid in any given way - *once*.
As long as any mistake is turned into a learning opportunity, the raid grows from it. Pinning down what went wrong during the run back, and start asking for ideas on how the problem can be solved, or things can be done better. Nothing fills the corpse run / rezing / rebuffing time better, then talk about how that specific catastrophe will be avoided in the future. Hopefully, most raids won't take 10,000 wipes to get through things (a reason I don't use that particular analogy during raids) - but its completely reasonable to expect dozens of wipes on some fights.
Through wiping, I've learned things generic things like"that pat patrols all the way up here", all the way to specific details like shaman's Elemental Mastery ability being active prevents them from using Tears of the Goddess.
I'm going to wipe raids dozens of times when Ulduar comes out. I'm going to wipe it on bosses, on trash, and probably even find some way to wipe that doesn't involve trash or bosses.
...And then I'm going to record what was learned, and share it. In our guild forums most importantly, but also on this blog, and on WoWhead. I've seen people horde information - leading to struggling guilds when raid leaders leave, companies collapsing when key people in processes are gone, ect. It doesn't do a lick of good, except to perhaps make the individual feel irreplaceable - when in reality they are only being irresponsible.
So when you die, wipe, or fail on something - share your new found experience and thoughts for not die/wipe/failing again with everyone. You may be shy now about admitting that you made a mistake in the first place, but your raid will come to love you for preventing them from having to learn the same mistake the hard way.
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