Whack on The Side of the Head. Chapter Nine: TO ERR IS WRONG By Tomasz Debicki and Ed Bonahue. To Err is Wrong. The main point of this chapter is to avoid the mentality that being wrong is bad. It emphasizes that many good things can come from your mistakes.
Chapter Nine: TO ERR IS WRONG
By Tomasz Debicki and Ed Bonahue
The main point of this chapter is to avoidthe mentality that being wrong is bad. It emphasizes that many good things can come from your mistakes.
In the summer of 1979 Boston Red Sox first baseman, Carl Yastrzemski, hit the 3000 hit plateau. This event drew a lot of attention. When asked if the attention would go to his head, Yaz replied “ I have been up to bat 10000 times which means that I’ve been unsuccessful over 7000 times.” That means that he messed up over 70 % of the time but he was still a successful baseball player.
Failure and mistakes are a vital part of life.They tell you when you are doing something wrong and need to go the other way. If we didn’t have mistakes we wouldn’t know our full potential because there were no set backs.
Michael Jordan, the greatest basketball player of all time was cut from his high school basketball team. He vowed to never be cut from any team everagain. Just think that if he wasn’t cut he would have never made the promise to himself and may never have become the best.
There are places where errors are inappropriate, but the imaginative phase of creative process isn’t that you are diverging from the well-traveled path.
A large part of creative thinking is not being afraid to fail. As comedian/director Woody Allen put it, “ If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not trying anything very innovative.