December 30

Going Mental

Sunday’s Big Idea

Skill of the Day: Learning From Failure

In recent years failure has become somewhat in vogue in the world of business self-help. A rise in entrepreneurship, and the extraordinary successes of a handful of entrepreneurs with a serial history of business failure have served to remind us that bold ventures are risky, and that with risk sometimes comes failure. 

Unlike traditional Japanese culture with its social horror of “losing face,” America is at ease with the idea of a rocky path to success. Still, on the individual level, we often respond to failure reflexively with shame on the one hand or defensive bluster on the other. Real psychological growth, however, depends on our ability to process failure – to accept it, to learn from it, and to transcend it.

 

  1. 1 Jonah Lehrer on Learning From Mis...
  2. 2 Thinking Makes It So: How We Thin...
  3. 3 Failure is not an option. It's a ...
  4. 4 Jonah Lehrer on The Creative Insi...
   
  1. Jonah Lehrer on Learning From Mistakes

    Jonah Lehrer on Learning From Mistakes

    If errors are inevitable in the pursuit of anything worthwhile, then our most important decisions are inevitably made in their aftermath. 

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  2. Thinking Makes It So: How We Think about Mistakes Affects How We Learn from Them

    Thinking Makes It So: How We Think about Mistakes Affects How We Learn from Them

    The way our brains act, it seems, is sensitive to the way we, their owners, think, from something as concrete to learning, the subject of the current study, to something as theoretical as free will.

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  3. Failure is not an option. It's a necessity.

    Failure is not an option. It's a necessity.

    Playing it safe is no longer a career option for most Americans, if it ever was. And that's good news, in one sense: the downside of job security is that it dulls your appetite for risk, and your ability to learn from failure.   

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  4. Jonah Lehrer on The Creative Insight of The Outsider

    Jonah Lehrer on The Creative Insight of The Outsider

    The reassuring point of Jonah Lehrer’s new book is that neuroscientific research into the human imagination will enable us to engineer environments that foster the creativity that is every human’s birthright, rather than extinguishing it.

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