Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for MasteryBook - 2014 | First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
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Back-turned paintings and sheeted sculptures are often how artists give their process amnesty from premature critique. They create safe havens for good reason, sometimes to preserve innovation. Innovative ideas, after all, are often so counterintuitive that they can, at first, look like failure.
We make discoveries, breakthroughs, and inventions in part because we are free enough to take risks, and fail if necessary. Private spaces are often where we extract the gains from attempts and misses.
the cost of success is that it can block our ability to see when what has worked well in the past might not any longer
Franklin [Leonard] was facing what he felt was the one thing worse than reading a morass of terrible scripts: another family getaway where he would face questions about his meandering path. It started when he survived a car crash that altered the course of his life. He had one thought on his mind now: You get one go around. A rigid model of success that stipulated being either a doctor or a lawyer had been ingrained in him since childhood. His mantra became, “Life is short. If I don’t enjoy it, I just have to find something else.”
A paradox of innovation and mastery is that breakthroughs often occur when you start down a road, but wander off for a ways and pretend as if you have just begun.
directed teaching is important, but learning that comes from play and spontaneous discovery is critical. Endurance is best sustained through periodic play.
Grit is connected to how we respond to so-called failure, about whether we see it as a comment on our identity or merely as information that may help us improve.
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