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Making Mistakes

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167x120 image for tr130825making_mistakesWe try so hard to be perfect, to never make mistakes and to avoid failure at all costs. But mistakes happen — and when they do — how do we deal with being wrong? In this episode, TED speakers look at those difficult moments in our lives, and consider why sometimes we need to make mistakes and face them head-on.

Physician Brian Goldman talks about what doctors can learn by admitting their mistakes. University of Houston research professor Brené Brown explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on. Musician and NYU professor Stefon Harris muses on jazz, where many actions are perceived as mistakes only because we don't react to them appropriately. And CEO and author Margaret Heffernan (Willful Blindness) discusses how great teams, relationships and businesses allow people to deeply disagree.

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