Failure can be devastating, but it can also make us stronger and smarter. These TED speakers explore how failure clears the way for success, in our everyday work, and our innermost lives. Listen to the full episode:
  1. It can help you find meaning.
    Writer Lidia Yuknavitch's early failures made her feel unworthy of success. Now, she says, those moments push her to find worth in herself as a writer.
  2. It can help lead to innovation and big discoveries.
    Entrepreneur Astro Teller rewards colleagues when their ambitious projects fail. Teller says this helps people take risks so they can achieve their "moonshot" goals, like a balloon-powered internet.
  3. It helps us see that doubt isn’t the enemy.
    Over the course of his life, many of Casey Gerald's core beliefs have failed him. He says he's learned that clear-eyed doubt can sometimes be better than belief.
  4. It creates stronger systems and products.
    Economist Tim Harford identifies similar characteristics in successful industrial and economic systems. They work much better, he says, when they're constantly evolving through trial and error.