“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” has been a popular saying for years, but the fact is, it’s how you handle failure that makes you successful. Journalist Megan McArdle tackles this topic in The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well is the Key to Success. According to her, Americans are particularly good at “letting people try a bunch of stuff, and fail at a lot of it, and then try again.” Drawing on years of research around economic failures, successful companies, bankruptcy and a number of personal accounts, McArdle posits that making and recognizing mistakes early on will lead to improvements both professionally and personally.
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