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The rise : creativity, the gift of failure, and the search for mastery

Author: Sarah Elizabeth Lewis
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Simon & Schuster hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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Looks at creativity and mastery in the arts, science, and business, as well as the sometimes surprising ways that they are achieved through serendipity, failure, simple determination, and hard work.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sarah Elizabeth Lewis
ISBN: 9781451629231 1451629230 9781451629248 1451629249
OCLC Number: 852226586
Description: xii, 259 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: The riddle : Archer's paradox ; The unfinished masterpiece : The near win ; Blankness : The gift; The gap; Private domains: studios and inner worlds; Letting them in: on critique and pressure --
The crucible : Arctic summer: surrender ; Beauty, error, and justice ; The blind spot --
The gift : The iconoclast ; The deliberate amateur : Friday night experiments; At play ; The grit of the arts : Samuel F.B. Morse: art and science; The crit --
Epilogue: The stars.
Responsibility: Sarah Lewis.

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Looks at creativity and mastery in the arts, science, and business, as well as the sometimes surprising ways that they are achieved through serendipity, failure, simple determination, and hard work.

"It is one of the enduring enigmas of the human experience: many of our most iconic, creative endeavors--from Nobel Prize-winning discoveries to entrepreneurial inventions and works in the arts--are not achievements but conversions, corrections after failed attempts. The gift of failure is a riddle. Like the number zero, it will always be both a void and the start of infinite possibility. The Rise--a soulful celebration of the determination and courage of the human spirit--makes the case that many of our greatest triumphs come from understanding the importance of this mystery. This exquisite biography of an idea is about the improbable foundations of creative human endeavor. The Rise begins with narratives about figures past and present who range from writers to entrepreneurs; Frederick Douglass, Samuel F.B. Morse, and J.K. Rowling, for example, feature alongside choreographer Paul Taylor, Nobel Prize-winning physicists Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, Arctic explorer Ben Saunders, and psychology professor Angela Duckworth. The Rise explores the inestimable value of often ignored ideas--the power of surrender for fortitude, the criticality of play for innovation, the propulsion of the near win on the road to mastery, and the importance of grit and creative practice."--Publisher's description.

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