While it may seem like an odd move to start our experience at PIE talking about failure, its a good reality check to help understand the challenges we face as well as the opportunities we have to learn from our mistakes. Yesterday evening at PIE Alexis Peterka and Brad Heller – members of last year’s PIE class – came in to share some thoughts on failure and the best ways to take advantage of the incubation experience PIE has to offer. We heard some familiar themes: the need for partners who are as passionate as you are; the need to speak up when you need help; the need to be honest with yourself about your strengths and weaknesses. The experience had overtones of the Fail Conference and our short video Fail Safe.
In the spirit of what was kicked off yesterday we thought we’d share some of the resources we’ve turned to for inspiration when feeling vulnerable. There’s a lot of profundity in what follows, so you may want to digest these one at a time.
Ira Glass on the importance of perseverance in creative work.
An extremely motivating case for getting informed and charging forward by Jason Shen.
Seth Godin‘s short and sweet book about knowing when to quit.
What videos, essays, images or otherwise have inspired you to keep on keeping on?