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Sir James Dyson’s incredibly wise words on failure


Failure is the end of the creative line for many people, but those who can use the energy of generated by the speed bumps of discouragement and frustration can accomplish truly amazing things.

Sir James Dyson of bagless vacuum cleaner fame is one of those people who use failure to spur the imagination, and had some pretty novel things to say about his 5,126 non-successes to Chuck Salt at Fast Company that should provide some fascinating food for creative thinkers everywhere.

Not all failures lead to solutions, though. How do you fail constructively?

We’re taught to do things the right way. But if you want to discover something that other people haven’t, you need to do things the wrong way. Initiate a failure by doing something that’s very silly, unthinkable, naughty, dangerous. Watching why that fails can take you on a completely different path. It’s exciting, actually. To me, solving problems is a bit like a drug. You’re on it, and you can’t get off. I spent seven years on our washing machine [which has two drums, instead of one].

Full story at Fast Company via Kottke.

Failure as the father of invention.

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