What Would You Do If You Knew You Couldn’t Fail? – TED Talk

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What Would You Do If You Knew You Couldn’t Fail? – TED Talk

What would you do if you knew you could not fail? As director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Regina Dugan oversaw the US armed forces’ innovation engine.

Now she deploys the same research tactics at Google. In keeping with one of the themes you will see run through many of my blogs, she says that engineers and scientists have it right; as a matter of course, they defy the impossible and refuse to fear failure.

And when you remove the fear of failure, impossible things suddenly become possible. If you want to know how, ask yourself this question, “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?” In this breathtaking talk she describes some of the extraordinary projects – a robotic hummingbird, a prosthetic arm controlled by thought, and, well, the internet — that her agency has created by not worrying that they might fail.

If they can make these impossible things happen, surely lawyers can figure out ways to change how we do things so that we better serve our clients and exceed our own aspirations for participating in the betterment of the world in the future.

Thank you to Jasmine Akbarali for bringing this one to my attention!

Until next time!

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