Why the greatest enemy of creative success is the attempt to fortify against failure.
"Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes
Katherine Stevens's insight:
I like the following three quotes from the article: "“Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before,” Neil Gaiman urged in his commencement-address-turned-manifesto-for-the-creative life."
We need to think about failure differently. ... Mistakes aren’t a necessary evil. They aren’t evil at all. They are an inevitable consequence of doing something new (and, as such, should be seen as valuable; without them, we’d have no originality)." ~ Ed Catmull
"If you aren’t experiencing failure, then you are making a far worse mistake: You are being driven by the desire to avoid it. And, for leaders especially, this strategy — trying to avoid failure by out-thinking it — dooms you to fail." ~ Ed Catmull
Stuart Firestein, author of ‘Ignorance,’ insists in an interview with Casey Schwartz that being certain is highly overrated.
Katherine Stevens: I like his attitude about admitting that we don't know everything and looking for opportunities to learn that you or your profession were wrong.
From the article: "....contrary to popular view, scientists don’t really care that much about facts. ... Whatever fact you seemed to have uncovered is likely to be revised by the next generation. That’s the difference between science and many other endeavors. Science revels in revision. For science, revision is a victory. ... the joy of science is that it’s about revision."
"Google provides resources — infrastructure, money, time and people — but most important, a vision that tests most entrepreneurs to think bigger than they ever have before."
At General Electric, A Culture of Risk
"we literally measure employees based on their capacity to take risks in championing ideas, learn from the experience and drive improvement."
At DreamWorks, Permission to Switch Gears "We feel it is critical to empower employees to take risks, move boundaries and test the limits of their imagination. Simply put: individuals must be allowed to fail in order to innovate."
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