Think about it – isn’t it maddening when you come close to success only to have it slip through your fingers? In her TED Talk at TED2014, historian and curator Sarah Lewis argues that those times when we are just shy of realizing a goal, “near-wins” in her words, are the moments that drive us towards mastery. In this inspiring talk, Lewis encourages everyone to take the near-wins in their everyday lives and use them to reach their full potential. As she puts it, “Coming close to what you thought you wanted can help you attain more than you ever dreamed you could.” She motivates viewers to see that with tenacity, failure is just another step towards greater success.

Recommended Reading:

The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery, Sarah Lewis (Simon & Schuster, 2015)

Sarah-Lewis-The-Rise-coverIn The Rise, Lewis explores much of what she discussed in her TED Talk, seeking answers to questions surrounding success, creativity, and how we view our own failures. Focusing on some of the greatest creative, innovative and athletic achievers of our time, The Rise is a celebration of grit, persistence, and using disappointment as a lesson and motivator.