Many scientists say that science is about a pragmatic approach to putting pieces into a puzzle, and the more pieces you add, the more successful you are.
But this approach is driving science into a corner. We can't keep up with the exponentially expanding literature of ever narrower details. This approach is turning scientists more and more into a secret society of oddballs, tolerated because once in a while, some gadget or cure drops emerge out of the otherwise impenetrable machinery. This process is doomed to run out of steam, or bore us all to death.
The old saying goes, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." But how many tries should you attempt before you throw in the towel and admit defeat? A new study from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management entitled " Quantifying dynamics of failure across science, startups, and security " found that how you fail (and try, try again) determines if you'll eventually succeed.
Recently, I wrote a piece about how to commit to the things you start. In it, I argued that most people are spectacularly bad at committing to things which don't have a culturally or socially-enforced system of accountability. This is unfortunate, because being successful in life inevitably depends on either doing things that weren't mandatory ...
All of us dream of success and of reaching great heights. But have any of us dreamt of failure? Or how failure shapes us in a way to achieve success? A majority of us would answer with a "NO". No one in their right minds would want to fail.