Category Archive: Failure

Hurt, Didn’t It? Six Skills to Master the Creative Process

NEW BOOK GIVEAWAY!! 20 copies available!! Leave a comment on this guest post by Jeff DeGraff to become eligible for one of 20 complimentary copies of his new book, The Creative Mindset: Mastering… Continue reading

A Rut is A Grave with the Ends Kicked Out

If you enjoy unnecessary frustration, keep doing what you did. Self-imposed irrelevance is the consequence of prolonged repetition. We don’t notice when patterns become irrelevant, so we serve them to the point of… Continue reading

Making the Most of Dissatisfaction

When nagging dissatisfaction drives your leadership, teams struggle, relationships flounder, and results always disappoint. Persistent dissatisfaction eventually becomes intolerable. Escape seems the only resolution. The answer to dissatisfaction is learning to find satisfaction,… Continue reading

The Plate-Drop Challenge: How to Respond to Failure

The only way to learn how many plates you can spin is to break some plates. The question of capacity guarantees failure. T.S. Eliot said, “Only those who will risk going too far… Continue reading

The Hot Iron Effect: How to Learn From Negative Experience

Melted synthetics cling to the bottom of some hotel irons. When the iron gets hot, the residue stains your clothes. I learned this the hard way. My experience with irons also taught me… Continue reading

How to Be a Smart Novice and Stop Hurting Yourself and Others

Novelty makes novices of us all. Every time you try something new, you’re a novice all over again. Dangers of inexperience: You thought you understood parenting until you had children. You thought you… Continue reading