the role of failure

Atul Gawande from his most recent book, Better:

The third requirement for success is ingenuity – thinking anew. Ingenuity is often misunderstood. It is not a matter of superior intelligence but of character. It demands more than anything a willingness to recognize failure, to not paper over the cracks, and to change. It arises from deliberate, even obsessive, reflection on failure and a constant searching for new solutions.


Even though Gawande writes about medical issues, he does so in a way that imparts a lot of wisdom that can be applied to many endeavours, including innovating.

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2 thoughts on “the role of failure

  1. Hilarous picture, and I’ve got to read that book. Thanks Tim, I hadn’t previously heard of the author, and his writing @ the link you gave is very informative.

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