In this episode, Richard Saul Wurman is the Founder of the TED conferences, author of 92 books, and the Father of Information Architecture. He also has a fascinating approach to success, failure, and human interaction.
Highlights and Takeaways from the Podcast:
- In my book, “Information Anxiety,” I write about the equivocal nature of communication and how it is impossible to share our thoughts with someone else exactly as we understand them.
- Success that comes from unconventional behavior is often labeled as genius; while failure that comes from the same behavior is often considered eccentric or strange.
- Many famous artists and thinkers who were considered geniuses would have been seen as mentally ill if not for their groundbreaking work.
- People often perceive my abrasive behavior as negative when I’m being truthful; they see my charming behavior as positive when I’m lying. Perception is often incorrect.
- I don’t strive for happiness or contentment. I measure my days by whether they are interesting. Comfort is not the goal in life for everyone.
- Terror and failure push me to grow and learn. That’s where understanding often comes from.
- In my career, I took on projects with no prior experience. Embracing the unknown led me to new opportunities and learning experiences.
- Failure is delayed success; it is not the end of something.
- I’ve had significant failures in my life, but they have almost always led to interesting experiences that I wouldn’t have had otherwise.
- When it comes to religion, I believe that anything that works for an individual is fine, whether it’s religion or something else.