In school we’ve been taught that failing is a bad thing.
But failing is important. Failing means you had the courage to try something outside your comfort zone.
Most people go through life afraid of taking a chance because they fear failing. They wake up in old age regretting the things they were too afraid to try.
When you study the icons in this culture you realize the one thing they have in common is that they failed a lot.
Thomas Edison had 1093 patents that went nowhere.
Picasso produced over 20 000 pieces of art to make a handful of masterpieces.
Mozart composed over 600 works in his short life of 35 years to have a hand full of iconic pieces.
The function of the overwhelming majority of your work is simply to teach you how to make the small fraction of your work thrive.
One of the hardest things to do is to learn that even the failed pieces are essential.
Straight A’s aren’t the point – failing regularly until something resonates is the point.