Warren Ellis on making mistakes

Posted on Fri 29 March 2019 in Dispatches • 1 min read

Warren Ellis’ commencement speech to University of Essex at Southend is a delight to read. I particularly loved this bit.

Making mistakes happens when you’re trying something new. It’s how you know you’re bending the envelope.  Making mistakes is how you learn, and sometimes a mistake gives you something valuable.  Brian Eno made a set of cards with weird notes on them that he used when he was working with David Bowie, among others, and one of the cards reads, “Honour thy error as a hidden intention.”  You’ll find that’s a lot more useful than Keep Calm And Carry On.

— Warren Ellis, The Commencement Speech