How to fail and keep on writing

How to Fail, Part 3: Talent vs. Hard Work

Smart.  Talented.  Special.  Gifted.  Bright. Stupid.  Unskilled.  Ordinary.  Average.  Dull. If you’re not one, you must be the other, right? No:  there’s a third set of descriptions that’s better than both of the ones above, and it goes like this: Hard worker.  Dedicated.  Pays attention.  Asks questions.  Practices. Yeah, yeah, yeah.  I am going to …

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How to Fail, Part 1: Why is failing so hard?

I don’t know…I have visions of people breaking down in tears…”How could you say something so harsh?!?” — What’s a normal response to failure? Upset, despair, grief, horror, shame…? What’s an abnormal response to failure? Celebration!  Amazement!  Breaking out the champagne! And so we try to avoid failure and gravitate toward success, because failure feels …

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