The importance of failure: John Cleese on creativity (1991)
Video & text summary, via @ArvonFoundation, who commented “It’s fascinating how many overlaps there are with Arvon’s model”. Having been on a few Arvon courses myself (years ago, I admit) I can attest that the model works!
I wanted to reblog this because it’s strongly relevant to what I want to do with Maker Studio. Cleese has five basic points, all of which are really important to us, and which we want to help people with. Space, time, and humour are all amazingly good disruptive technologies, changing our comfort zones (I don’t like “out” of our comfort zone, because it implies that we need discomfort—it can be useful, but it’s not necessary) and giving us new perspectives on familiar things. It’s a kind of self-inflicted process art.
Another point is confidence, and Cleese is right to link that to the fear of failure. Fear doesn’t make us stronger; fear makes us weaker. What does make us stronger, on the other hand… is failure itself.
Failure is good. Failure makes us stronger, because we can’t help but learn from it. By standing up and failing in public, with a sympathetic audience who don’t mind rough edges and nervous twitches, we learn to fail less, and we learn that we’re already failing less than we thought.
Maker Studio want to give people space to fail in, because without space to fail we never have space to begin succeeding.