Black Box Thinking

Why Some People Never Learn from Their Mistakes - But Some Do

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An eye-opening, Gladwellian look at the power of a positive attitude toward failure and its profound impact on our success in any field.

In the airline industry, failure is taken seriously. Every aircraft is equipped with an almost indestructible black box. When there is an accident, the box is opened, the data is analyzed, and the reason for the accident excavated. This ensures that procedures are adapted so that the same mistake doesn’t happen again. With this method, the industry has created an astonishing safety record.

For pilots working in a safety-critical...

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Richard Branson Founder/Virgin Group[...] highlights the need for a growth mindset in life. It advocates for changing attitudes towards failure, and understanding that the only way we learn is by trying things and altering our behaviour based on the results. It’s an attitude we found incredibly valuable during my highlight of the year, completing the Virgin Strive Challenge. (Source)

Daniel Ek Since reading this book, I’ve literally incorporated this approach to problem-solving into every day. (Source)

Nigel Warburton As Syed argues, we progress in all kinds of areas is by making mistakes. He was a superb table-tennis player, and he knows that every mistake that he made was a learning experience, at least potentially, a chance to improve. I think you’d find the same attitude among musicians, or in areas where practitioners are very attentive to the mistake that they make, and how those failures can teach them something that can allow them to make a leap forward. (Source)

Dual Core (C64 + Int Eighty) @verovaleros @thegrugq You might also enjoy the book 'Black Box Thinking'. Discussion on failing fast, bottom-up testing, etc. Highly recommended :) (Source)

Nihal Arthanayake It's a fascinating book called Rebel Ideas by Matthew Syed. (Source)

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