Education, creativity and TED are all rich sources of examples of the positive power of embracing failure. The three come together in Gever Tulley’s description of ‘teaching life lessons through tinkering’ at his ‘Tinkering School’. Here are some of the gems from his presentation…

“Every step in a project is a step closer to sweet success or gleeful calamity.”

“Success is in the doing and failure are celebrated and analyzed as problems become puzzles.”

“When faced with particularly difficult set backs or complications, a really interesting behaviour emerges…Decoration! Decoration of the unfinished project is kind of a conceptual incubation. From these interludes come deep insights and amazing new approaches to solving the problems that had them frustrated just moments ago.”

Embrace failure by tinkering with it and decorating it.