Dear J—

Mistakes … I’ve made a few (more than my share) which sounds like the start of a bad set of lyrics in any language, I suppose. Let us join hands and learn from them: that is my reply. Why would you think anything other than that? That’s what’s important and that’s what drives us to learn from failures. Edison (who by all accounts was a petty, nasty man) said (in paraphrase) that he hadn’t failed 9,999 times before finding out how to make a lightbulb, he just had found 9,999 ways not to do it. We need to be able to learn what to do next time, that’s what is important.



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