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A humble opinion on deriving motivation from failure

Clip: 03/12/2019 | 2m 50s Video has closed captioning.

It irks novelist and professor Elizabeth McCracken when people say a success has “humbled” them. She argues it’s in fact failure that produces a humbling effect -- but also a highly motivating one. McCracken offers her humble opinion on why the best work doesn’t derive from calm equilibrium, but rather from a “well-nourished, very private sense of revenge.”

Aired: 03/12/19

Rating: NR

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