What is failure?

By     Mar 7, 2016

Field Notes

These articles were originally featured on Field Notes, National Arts Strategies' ArtsJournal blog where we mine, distill and contextualize ideas; provide frameworks that anyone can use; and offer everyone in the field the opportunity to discuss the underlying issues.

What is failure? How do you define it? Is it really the worst thing that can happen? Does fear of failure prevent you from innovation and opportunity? Watch Ekaterina Walter’s Ted Talk on redefining failure and how it can lead to success. Walter says that our definition of failure is affected by three things: Passion, Attitude, and Purpose. Your passion and your purpose control your attitude. This affects your reaction to failure. If you have a strong passion and purpose, as many in the arts do, you will be much more resilient in the face of failure.

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