Key to Creativity is Error Recovery, Not Failure Avoidance

If you’re doing something that’s never been done before, how can you make the perfect plan? Whether it’s an art concept, a picture, a business model, or a meal: you can’t. Innovation, by definition, has no road map. Important: the same goes with creativity. That’s why I like people who “do” and fail, a helluva lot more than people who just sit around and talk about it.

Randy Nelson of Pixar says it more eloquently. “The core skill of innovators is error recovery, not failure avoidance.”

I think this–and many additional ideas in this video–are brilliant.

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62 Responses to Key to Creativity is Error Recovery, Not Failure Avoidance

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  2. Raji Barbir September 30, 2010 at 12:24 pm #

    You should get HIM on cjLIVE sometime. Or pretty much anyone from Pixar would be fascinating.

    When I was a 3D Character Animator years ago, I used to, of course, REALLY want to work for Pixar, so maybe that’s why I’m extra interested in what anyone there has to say.

    Since leaving 3D behind and turning to photography, I’ve felt enriched by my experience in my previous career but always worried that I might just be a jack of all trades and a master of none, especially since I continue to be fascinated with “too many” things, photography-related or not.

    It’s reassuring to see someone address breadth of experience as such an important aspect of any creative person.

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Adam Coss September 30, 2010 at 1:52 pm #

    And the fastest way to accepting “failure avoidance” is poor time management.

    Its a great reminder to get out of the house and do. Our generation is quite distracted with technology and social media. While it is a cornerstone of our businesses it can very easily be the biggest down fall.

    Don’t just tweet about what you want. Get up and achieve it… then tweet about the experience.

    I know I need the reminder occasionally!
    Thanks for the post

  4. Derek Anson September 30, 2010 at 2:20 pm #

    I could listen to Randy Nelson talk for hours & hours, excellent delivery.

  5. Edward Bussa September 30, 2010 at 6:41 pm #

    Excellent. Thanks Chase.

  6. Dan Kaufman September 30, 2010 at 7:26 pm #

    Exceptionally profound !!

    Worth exponentially more than its 9 minutes 17 seconds !!

  7. Javier Freytes October 1, 2010 at 5:11 am #

    Don’t know were you get all this things, but keep ‘em coming :) They not only apply to creativity but also to life itself. Thanks Chase!

  8. Tim Skipper October 1, 2010 at 6:26 am #

    Henry Ford once said, “Think you can or think you can’t, either way you will be right.”

    Its something I remind myself of often. Branching out full time in the middle of a recession has earned me more than a few you have to be crazy looks and comments from people. When it seems nothing is working and the phone is quite I pull my books, quotes, speeches and video’s off the shelf and remind myself not to quit.

    Here are my favorites:
    “Make no your vitamin” Les Brown

    “People’s greatest success often times comes after their greatest failure.” Napoleon Hill

    “Let the end of life find you climbing up a new mountain, not sliding down an old one.” Jim Rohn

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    I trust anything Pixar-related.

  10. Drew October 4, 2010 at 3:48 pm #

    Randy is at Dreamworks now.

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