The No. 1 Enemy of Creativity: Fear of Failure - Peter Sims Never once in my life until my mid 30s did anyone ever (to the best of my recollection) call me “creative.” But now, I hear it all the time. So what happened? Well, after a traditional education, business school, and five years working in strategy consulting and venture capital, I went to a cocktail reception at Stanford’s d.school, the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, where I met George Kembel, cofounder and executive director of the school. While I cannot remember one thing that we discussed, I do remember laughing for about 40 minutes straight as we riffed on odds and ends. (I’ve since learned that anyone who has a sense of humor is creative.) Over the next five years, what Kembel and his colleagues at the d.school taught me changed the way I thought about everything, leaving me to wonder why the hell I had never learned the basic methods for thinking like a designer (especially in a world where the leading company, Apple, has a culture built around design methods).
TEDxBordeaux Failures, Screw-ups and Unknowns (and why they can be good for you)* | DYAN WILLIAMS It is said that failure is a necessary precursor to ultimate success. Want to make it big in the real world? Fail early, fail fast, fail often, as the saying goes. Countless success stories are replete with mistakes and obstacles. Thomas Edison failed over 6,000 times before perfecting the first electrical lightbulb. A failure that results from well-designed and well-intentioned experimentation can be worthy of praise. While we all want success, it’s not guaranteed. It’s easy to see why we fear failures, screw-ups and unknowns when you consider how they are traditionally defined: Failure: 1. lack of success; failing 2. unsuccessful person or thing. 3. non-performance. Screw-up: 1. bungle, mess. 2. mismanage a task. 3. thing incorrectly done or thought. Unknown: 1. not known. 2. unfamiliar. You can shift your perception and recognize their value (or at least take out the sting) by redefining them as follows: Failure: 1. the starting line 2. part of process. 3. on the path to success.
fear of being wrong Edward Snowden: The Biggest Revelations Are Yet to Come VANCOUVER, Canada — Edward Snowden on Tuesday said the biggest revelations have yet to come out of the estimated 1.7 million documents he acquired from the National Security Agency. In a surprise appearance via satellite robot at the 2014 TED conference in Vancouver, Snowden said there is still a lot of reporting to be done, including diving deeper into the accusation that the NSA tricks companies into building backdoors into their systems that make data vulnerable to hackers across the world. "Is it really terrorism that we're stopping? I say no," Snowden said. "The bottom line is that terrorism [...] has always been a cover for actions. Snowden, who is still in hiding somewhere in Russia, maintained that his act wasn't reckless and that he did it all for the American people. "I don't want to harm my government" he said. Snowden remains a controversial figure throughout the world, but he was speaking to the right crowd at TED. He called him a "hero." Have something to add to this story?
To Overcome the Fear of Failure, Fear This Instead — Life Learning To Overcome the Fear of Failure, Fear This Instead If you do the math, becoming an entrepreneur is insane. The odds of success are tiny; failure is almost guaranteed. To make the leap, you have to be fearless. Or so I thought. I spent the past three years working on a book, Originals, about the people who champion new ideas to drive creativity and change in the world. They all felt the same fear of failure that the rest of us do. When most of us fear failure, we walk away from our boldest ideas. In work and in life, there are two kinds of failure: actions and inactions. When people reflect on their biggest regrets, they wish they could redo the inactions, not the actions. Ultimately, what we regret is not failure, but the failure to act. Da Vinci didn’t answer my request for an interview. Originals learn to see failure not as a sign that their ideas are doomed, but as a necessary step toward success. So take it from this group of elite failures.
Thomas Edison Thomas Alva Edison (11 February 1847 – 18 October 1931) was an American inventor and businessman who developed many devices which greatly influenced life worldwide into the twenty-first century. Quotes Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits. I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! Discontent is the first necessity of progress. Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. I find out what the world needs. We don't know a millionth of one percent about anything. Hell, there are no rules here — we're trying to accomplish something. Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless. Nineteen hundred and three will bring great advances in surgery, in the study of bacteria, in the knowledge of the cause and prevention of disease. The Philosophy of Paine (1925) Essay in The Diary and Sundry Observations (1948) edited by Dagobert D.
The 3 Stages of Failure in Life and Work (And How to Fix Them) One of the hardest things in life is to know when to keep going and when to move on. On the one hand, perseverance and grit are key to achieving success in any field. Anyone who masters their craft will face moments of doubt and somehow find the inner resolve to keep going. If you want to build a successful business or create a great marriage or learn a new skill then “sticking with it” is perhaps the most critical trait to possess. On the other hand, telling someone to never give up is terrible advice. Life requires both strategies. One way to answer this question is to use a framework I call the 3 Stages of Failure. The 3 Stages of Failure This framework helps clarify things by breaking down challenges into three stages of failure: Stage 1 is a Failure of Tactics. In the rest of this article, I’ll share a story, solution, and summary for each stage of failure. Stage 1: A Failure of Tactics Sam Carpenter became a small business owner in 1984. Things did not go as expected. What happened?
Du Pouvoir de l'Erreur, Du Pouvoir Des Croyances Nous commettons tous des erreurs, plus que la moyenne pour certains. J’ai commis énormément d’erreurs dans ma vie, certaines m’ont coutés très cher. En matière de developpement personnel, ce qui est certain c’est que commettre des erreurs est une des clés du succès. En 1879, Thomas Edison dépose son premier brevet concernant l’ampoule électrique. - M. - J’ai échoué plus de 700 fois - C’est un chiffre énorme dites-moi, comment avez-vous pris tous ces échecs ? Et là, la réponse est très intéressante, M. - Je n’ai jamais considéré que j’avais échoué 700 fois mais plutôt que j’avais réussi à prouver qu’on ne pouvait pas faire une ampoule de ces 700 manières différentes. L’échec n’existe pas, seuls les croyances sur l’erreur existent ! Voila un homme qui aurait définitivement pu abandonner sans regrets, puisque qu’il avait donné tout ce qu’il avait pu donner, argent, temps etc et en plus en un nombre de fois plus que conséquent. Comment ?
Don’t Let Shame Become a Self-Destructive Spiral Executive Summary After a major mistake, it’s natural to feel ashamed. But shame is also a powerfully destructive feeling. Steven, the VP operations of a media company, was asked to present on the organization’s digital transformation program to its top 100 executives during an annual strategy retreat. Given the way we react to shame, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the roots of the word derive from an older Proto-Indo-European word meaning “to cover.” After a major mistake, it’s natural to feel ashamed. Down the Rabbit Hole People who pathologically feel shame tend to internalize and overpersonalize everything that happens to them. This can have a profound effect on our psychological well-being. Generally speaking, in coping with shame we can observe two general strategies: attacking the self or attacking others. The Origins of Shame Given the pervasiveness of this emotion across ages and cultures, what’s the adaptive purpose of shame? Dealing with Shame
« Echouer permet d'apprendre, pour souvent mieux réussir ensuite » Mardi 25 septembre, Regards sur le numérique vous faisait vivre en direct la 3e édition de la FailCon. En marge de celle-ci Roxanne Varza, jeune entrepreneuse et co-organisatrice de l’événement, a accepté de nous donner son point de vue sur le rapport de la France à l’échec entrepreneurial. Initiée en 2009 dans la Silicon Valley, la FailCon s’exporte en Australie et en France. Le rapport à l’échec est-il le même d’un pays à l’autre ? Roxanne Varza – Loin de là ! Aux Etats-Unis, les entrepreneurs parlent facilement d’une société qui n’a pas fonctionné. Ce tabou français est-il propre au monde de l’entreprise ? Non, il semble général. Pensez-vous que les mentalités peuvent évoluer sur ce sujet ? Bien entendu.
Tips for Helping Kids Adopt a Growth Mindset | Greater Good Magazine Some people are just jerks, and not much can be done to change them. Do you agree with this statement? If your answer is yes, here’s something you might consider: Research suggests that believing in the human capacity to change is linked to less depression, better health, and greater achievement. This is the “growth mindset,” an idea pioneered by Stanford researcher Carol Dweck. It’s the opposite of a “fixed mindset,” the idea that people are born either smart or not, kind or not, strong or not—and people just don’t change all that much. According to this research, when we practice a growth mindset, the obstacles we’re facing seem more surmountable. We shouldn’t only believe in the ability of other people to change for their benefit, however. That’s a fairly easy idea to suggest, and perhaps you already believe in it. How to explain the social benefits “Believing in the human capacity to change is linked to less depression, better health, and greater achievement.” ―Amy L.
You Failed! What’s Next? - Business Innovation Speaker and Consultant Stephen Shapiro | Business Innovation Speaker and Consultant Stephen Shapiro May 24, 2010 Last week, I had 3 conversations with 3 different companies. And each had a complaint about the same group of people: lawyers. If you think about it, innovators and lawyers have completely opposite objectives. Innovators want to grow the business. They believe that risk and failure are a natural part of the innovation process. Lawyers, on the other hand, want to guard the business. But the issue isn’t really lawyers versus innovators. In my previous blog entry, I discussed how to redefine failure. However, sometimes even experiences can give you false positives. In those situations, you have a good ol’ fashioned failure on your hand. I was having a conversation with the former head of innovation for a giant retailer. Several years back, Intuit, decided to target a younger population by linking tax filing with hip-hop. How did they handle the failure? Successful companies don’t punish failure. The point is not to glorify failure. Or as Reverend Lawrence G.
The Upside of Pessimism I have pretty low expectations for this article. Oh sure, I spent a lot of time on it, and I personally think it’s a great read. But I’m kind of worried that you will hate it. Worse yet, I’m afraid you’ll hate me for writing it. Or at least, that’s how I would start out thinking if I were prone to defensive pessimism, a phenomenon in which people imagine worst-case scenarios in order to manage their anxiety. This type of negativity might sound like apostasy by American standards. I recently spoke with Norem, a pioneer of the defensive pessimism theory. A lightly edited transcript of our conversation follows, and you can take a test to find out if you’re a defensive pessimist here. Olga Khazan: What is defensive pessimism? Julie Norem: It’s a strategy for dealing with anxiety and helping to manage anxiety so that it doesn’t negatively influence performance. Khazan: How would I apply this in real life? Norem: Public speaking is my favorite example. Norem: They tend to be better-prepared.