We invite you to read academic and professional articles about the benefits of making mistakes. These articles introduce research about mistakes and failures in various areas of life including business, education, art, and more.
Research: Consumers Prefer Products Created by Mistake
"Mistakes occur more frequently than we’d like. And generally, when they happen, we often don’t go about advertising them to others. But companies can benefit from letting consumers know when they make mistakes with a product. Consumers perceive these products as more unique...”
The Importance of Mistakes in The Creative Process
"It’s well-documented that fear inhibits creativity. It’s difficult to imagine coming up with your best creative work when your mind is preoccupied with the fear of failing. But perhaps the best antidote is to think less and create more."
Work Principle 3; Create a culture in which it is okay to make mistakes and unacceptable not to learn from them
"Everyone makes mistakes. The main diﬀerence is that successful people learn from them and unsuccessful people don’t. By creating an environment in which it is okay to safely make mistakes so that people can learn from them, you’ll see rapid progress and fewer signiﬁcant mistakes.”
By Paul J. H. Schoemaker and Robert E. Gunther |. June 2006 Issue
The Wisdom of Deliberate Mistakes
"Although organizations need to make mistakes in order to improve, they go to great lengths to avoid anything resembling an error. That’s because most companies are designed for optimum performance rather than learning...”
"An appreciation of mistakes helps us overcome our fear of making them, enabling us to take risks. But we also want students to understand what kinds of mistakes are most useful and how to most learn from them.”
"According to UC Berkeley professor Martin Covington, the fear of failure is directly linked to self-worth, or the belief that you are valuable as a person... students will put themselves through unbelievable psychological machinations in order to avoid failure."
By Claudia Wallis, The Hechinger Report | July 26, 2017
Why Mistakes Matter in Creating A Path For Learning
"In recent years, cognitive scientists have done gobs of research on how making mistakes help us learn, much of it funded by the federal Institute for Education Science. Some findings make intuitive sense. Some are completely surprising."