Allan Savory isn’t afraid to own up to the “greatest blunder” of his life. In his incredible talk from TED2013, Savory shares his life’s work managing grasslands in Africa, weaving a gripping tale out of what seems like an unlikely topic. In the 1950s, Savory helped create large national parks in Africa. But as people left this land to make way for animal reserves, Savory and his team noticed the land deteriorating and quickly turning into desert.
Today I had a few students come to conferences talking about their "struggles" in learning how to do new things. And frankly, I was happy hearing this. For one, it shows that they are working hard at what they are doing. If you don't struggle, what do you learn? If things come easy to you, what do you learn from that? I don't think you would learn much. And even downright failure, which I know some of these students have felt at one time or another during this semester, is a learning opportunity. In that spirit, here are 8 TED talks about learning from failure. I think good lessons are inherent within each one.