The Rise: Creativity, The Gift Of Failure, And The Search For Mastery

  • Author: Sarah Lewis
  • Narrator: Sarah Lewis
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Duration: 6:19:02
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From celebrated art historian, curator, and teacher Sarah Lewis, a fascinating examination of how our most iconic creative endeavors—from innovation to the arts—are not achievements but conversions, corrections after failed attempts.

The gift of failure is a riddle: it will always be both the void and the start of infinite possibility. The Rise—part investigation into a psychological mystery, part an argument about creativity and art, and part a soulful celebration of the determination and courage of the human spirit—makes the case that many of the world’s greatest achievements have come from understanding the central importance of failure.

Written over the course of four years, this exquisite biography of an idea is about the improbable foundations of a creative human endeavor. Each chapter focuses on the inestimable value of often ignored ideas—the power of surrender, how play is essential for innovation, the “near win” can help propel you on the road to mastery, the importance of grit and creative practice. The Rise shares narratives about figures past and present that range from choreographers, writers, painters, inventors, and entrepreneurs; Frederick Douglass, Samuel F.B. Morse, Diane Arbus, and J.K. Rowling, for example, feature alongside choreographer Paul Taylor, Nobel Prize–winning physicists Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, and Arctic explorer Ben Saunders.

With valuable lessons for pedagogy and parenting, for innovation and discovery, and for self-direction and creativity, The Rise “gives the old chestnut ‘If at first you don’t succeed…’ a jolt of adrenaline” (Elle).


  • TheRise 01 Title

    Duration: 44s
  • TheRise 02 WeNeverKnow

    Duration: 26min
  • TheRise 03 TheUnfinishedMasterpiece

    Duration: 15min
  • TheRise 04 TheNearWin

    Duration: 23min
  • TheRise 05 Blankness

    Duration: 17min
  • TheRise 06 TheGap

    Duration: 16min
  • TheRise 07 LettingThemIn

    Duration: 10min
  • TheRise 08 TheCrucible

    Duration: 51min
  • TheRise 09 BeautyError

    Duration: 33min
  • TheRise 10 TheBlindSpot

    Duration: 20min
  • TheRise 11 TheGift

    Duration: 45min
  • TheRise 12 TheDeliberateAmateur

    Duration: 51min
  • TheRise 13 TheGrit

    Duration: 39min
  • TheRise 14 TheCrit

    Duration: 17min
  • TheRise 15 Epilogue

    Duration: 09min
  • TheRise 16 Credits

    Duration: 01min