What do you mean by failure? The client didn't like your idea? You missed a typo and had to reprint a brochure? You published a piece that was merely solid instead of tactically, strategically and creatively brilliant? You're wasting energy if you define these events as failures. No one died and you have another day in front of you. So keep looking ahead. Think only about what you are going to do next. In this context, there's no such thing as failure. And that's what failure has taught me. To plow right past it.The other question I flubbed was, "How do you manage to do your job, have a family and write a novella?" I responded with a glib line about insomnia. But it was wrong for me to phrase my answer in the context of myself. I wish I had said something like this:
I think I am exactly like every other creative person and probably everybody in this room. We get bored quickly and we hate it. When we see an empty space, we want to fill it. That's our nature. Not everything we do is great. That's OK. We just like doing stuff. That's what makes us, us.