Otherwise Ignored Ideas

In the introduction of The Rise: Creativity, The Gift of Failure, and The Search For Mastery, Sarah Lewis takes a look at the division between work and labor.

She writes:

A division line often position creativity, innovation, and discoveries as a separate, even elite, category of human endeavor: chosen, lived out by few. Yet out stories challenge this separation. If we each have the capacity to convert excruciating into an advantage, it is because this creative process is crucial for pathmaking of all kinds.

What we gain by looking at mastery, invention, and achievement is the value of otherwise ignored ideas–the power of surrender, the propulsion of the “near win,” the critical role of play in achieving innovation, and the importance of grit and creative practice (p.11).

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The path is an image she uses quite a bit with reference to mastery. She goes on to explain several times throughout the book with how we perceive failure. She reminds readers:

It is cliche to say that we learn most from failure. It also not exactly true. Transformation comes from how we choose to speak about it in the context of story, whether self-stated or aloud (p.13).

See also Mastery Requires Endurance

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