From FastCompany: We’re wired not to fix our own worst mistakes: Our brains often convince us that failure isn’t our fault or simply an aberration. But we can overcome our wiring, as this remarkable example shows.
The Broadway dance show Movin’ Out is a stunning, exceedingly rare, turnaround story: On July 12, 2002, after its premier at the Shubert Theater in Chicago, a reviewer at the Chicago Sun-Times called it “stupefyingly clichéd and embarrassingly naïve.” But just three months later, when it finally opened in New York, the New York Times called a “shimmering portrait of an American generation.” Soon after, it picked up a couple of Tony Awards.
The turnaround was engineered by the production’s legendary choreographer Twyla Tharp, who faced down her initial failure with remarkable insight. In this chapter from Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure, Tim Harford writes about what Tharp’s example can teach everyone else.