How do we make sense of a major disappointment or something that goes terribly wrong? Do we let it poison our motivation and give up? Or do we see it as a opportunity for growth? In the New York Times Book Review article “Epic Fail,” Scott Sandage reviews two books that address this question: “How do we learn to stop worrying and love it when we bomb?” Both The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery and The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well is the Key to Success show how “failure is ever-present in the unending drift toward mastery.”

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