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The Future of Making – SXSW Interactive 2014

The idea of making isn’t just reserved for handmade bikes, artisan pickles, and Arduino helicopters.

The future of making is a product of our human needs and the possibilities we create through technology.

This is about a larger shift towards making and the unexpected movements that might occur.

It’s about how everyone from you to your grandma might design, make and consume products or experiences in the next 10 to 15 years.

In this session Joi Ito, Director of the MIT Media Lab, and Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO, will host a conversation that considers how we might fashion new tools for the future and then how those tools might influence our lives.


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The Fear of Failure – Paulo Coelho

“The road to success runs right through failure.”

“Success never happens without taking risks.”

Paulo Coelho, the author of The Alchemist, a book that has sold 65 million copies across 150 countries, had this to say:

“I’m never paralyzed by my fear of failure… I say “Ok, I’m doing my best… ” And, from the moment that I can say that I’m doing my best … I sit down, I breathe, and I say “I put all of my love into it, I did it with all my heart.” … And whether they like [the book] or not is irrelevant, because I like it. I’m committed to the thing that I did. And so far nobody has criticized or refused it. When you put love and enthusiasm into your work, even if people don’t see it, they know it’s there, that you did this with all of your body and soul, so that is what I encourage you to do.”

Via Open Culture


Michael Jordan – “Failure” Nike Commercial

“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

More Quotes on Failure

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy

“It is on our failures that we base a new and different and better success.” – Havelock Ellis

“It is a mistake to suppose that men succeed through success; they much oftener succeed through failures. Precept, study, advice, and example could never have taught them so well as failure has done.” – Samuel Smiles

“Remember, no man is a failure who has friends.” – from the film, It’s A Wonderful Life

“It is not the critic who counts,
not the man who points out
how the strong man stumbled,
or where the doer of deeds
could have done better.
The credit belongs to the man
who is actually in the arena,
whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood,
who strives valiantly,
who errs and comes short again and again,
who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions,
and spends himself in a worthy cause,
who at best knows achievement
and who at the worst if he fails
at least fails while daring greatly
so that his place shall never be
with those cold and timid souls
who know neither victory nor defeat.”
– Theodore Roosevelt (From a speech given in Paris at the Sorbonne in 1910)

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas Alva Edison

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Alva Edison

“No garden is without its weeds.” Thomas Fuller

“Good people are good because they’ve come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know.” – William Saroyan

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

“Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill


Failure Builds Character

Failing and making mistakes are stepping stones on your journey to live your passion.

MythBuster Adam Savage describes how failure helped him build or define or discover his character