ISBN 9780007565160,The Rise : Creativity, Mastery And The Gift Of Failure

The Rise : Creativity, Mastery And The Gift Of Failure


Sarah Lewis


William Collins



William Collins

Publication Year 2014

ISBN 9780007565160

ISBN-10 000756516X


Number of Pages 272 Pages
Language (English)

Body & health

Its one of the enduring enigmas of the human experience - many of our most iconic, creative endeavorsfrom recent Nobel Prize-winning discoveries to entrepreneurial invention and classic works in the arts-are not achievements, but conversions, corrections after a failed past attempt. The Rise-part investigation into a psychological mystery, part argument about creativity and art and part soulful celebration of the determination and courage of the human spiritmakes the case that many of the worlds greatest achievements have come from understanding the central importance of this mystery for working and living at the height of our capacity. Written over four years, this exquisite biography of an idea is about the improbable foundations of creative human endeavors. The Rise begins with narratives about figures that range from choreographers, painters, inventors, explorers and entrepreneurs - Frederick Douglass, Samuel F. B. Morse, Diane Arbus and J. K. Rowling, for example, feature along side choreographer Paul Taylor, Nobel Prize-winning physicists Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov and Arctic explorer Ben Saunders. Each chapter focuses on the inestimable value of often ignored ideasthe power of surrender for fortitude, the critically of play for innovation and the propulsion of the 'near win' on the road to mastery, the importance of grit and creative practice. While it is not a how-to book, it contains important lessons for pedagogy and parenting, for innovation and discovery and for self-direction and creativity.