Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure by Tim Harford

Adapting and You

  • The key points here are to 1) try new things, 2) try them in a context where failure is survivable, 3) react to failure with a positive attitude about what you learned rather then denial. We also have a tendency to convince ourselves that mistakes don’t matter. Some people even remember their past mistakes as though they were triumphs. While it is important to question yourself, you also need to seek out people who will give you honest feedback as your inner critic is not nearly frank enough. When you do create something, let some time go by before you try to edit or evaluate your work. Also be aware that inner confidence is necessary if you expect to bear the cost of your failures.
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