The Danish physicist Niels Bohr once said "an expert is simply someone who has made all the mistakes there are to make in a narrow field."
The more we come to understand about the way we learn, the more Bohr's statement holds true. Our brains need us to make prediction errors in order to correct, amend and improve our performance. In short, improvement comes through failure.
In today's lesson, Megan McArdle, author of The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success, explains the essential lesson that while it is fine to celebrate success, it is more important to learn the lessons of failure.