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September 04, 2010


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Melanie Mulhall


Thanks for the reminder that wildly successful and creative people have experience with failure. I am reminded of an article in Harvard Business Review, many years ago (May-June, 1991). The article, by Chris Argris, was titled "Teaching Smart People How to Learn." While I am going to summarize and generalize in a rather cavalier way here, at least a part of what Mr. Argris had to say was that some successful people haven't had enough experience with failure to have developed their adaptive muscles to it and the feelings that come with it. So they develop a fear of failure and they also develop a kind of defensiveness that makes them brittle. It's an article worth checking out.

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Kathleen Christensen

Thanks, Melanie! The article sounds really interesting (and probably pertinent for me)--am going to check it out.

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