reading lately.. part II

“Genius is actually the eventual public recognition of dozens (or hundreds) of failed attempts at solving a problem. Sometimes we fail in public, often we fail in private, but people who are doing creative work are constantly failing.”

Seth Goodin in Genius is misunderstood as a bolt of lightening

I like to think of it as (failure + failure + failure + failure + failure + failure +failure) x (time + sweat + blood + tears) x endless persistence = creative genius. I’ll be honest, I don’t know if I’ve ever tried so hard at something, persevered so long, rejected failure again and again and again to have ever reached anywhere near ‘creative genius’. I’m all about quick fixes and instant results, and I think that’s at the expense of true creativity. So the plan for this year? Start failing at more stuff…


“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus…”

Paul, in Philippians 2:3-5

My thoughts? How ridiculously challenged I am by this idea – how counter-culture it really is in a culture of individualistic self-centredness – how different my life and those of my friends would look if I could really truly make this foundational to how I live.


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