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. · Go to Before succeeding, you have to fully confront failure. But how? →