Yesterday I was browsing Popular Science and found an interesting article, Science Confirms the Obvious: Rejection Can Make You More Creative. The article discussed new research being conducted by a team from Cornell and Johns Hopkins that found people who handle rejection in a proper manner, can experience heightened creativity and even commercial success through an ability to avoid mainstream thought and pursue their own creative solutions to problems.
In summary, rejection or failure forces people to be creative and think outside of their “box.” While this sounds pretty obvious, I started thinking about this in terms of scientific research and advancement and how, as a community, we need to be embracing this concept. The scientific community continually wants to publish and promote positive study results, but does this really benefit the advancement of science? What if some of our biggest rejections could lead us to a greater success? (more…)