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4.0 out of 5 stars beautiful cover, March 11, 2014
This review is from: The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery (Hardcover)
Sarah Lewis explores in the book, The Rise: Creativity, The Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery, some universal questions of success and more important the impact of failure. What stimulates the creative mind?

A blend of scientific research and anecdotal stories, Lewis carves out some interesting concepts like the “near win” when someone comes in second. The “near win” can offer a different experience that success does not. She points to Julie Moss’s infamous Ironman finish and how it changed her. The effects of the bronze versus silver medal psychology.
Another concept is the “the unfinished quality of mastery” that can make iconic works feel like failures. Lewis cites as examples how Michelangelo’s philosophy of art as “an unending succession of contests”. How Cezanne only signed 10% of his work. How Paul Taylor keep trying even after his audience left after he pushed the envelope with a dance.
With “creating safe havens”, artists are able to do things to synchronize creativity. August Wilson would write on napkins and Robert Redford created Sundance.
Lewis’s book on the impact of failure in the arts is a fascinating read and reiterates that failure is often a better teacher than success.
The book’s language is a bit high brow in certain parts, but overall brings an interesting perspective on what it takes to exploit the opportunity found in creativity.
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