While he had many great ones, a quote from Albert Einstein that stands out to me is the following:
“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”
The ability to dive back into a failure and move forward in a slightly different way again and again is how progress happens. This takes work and effort and energy. It also takes faith that what you’re working on is worth it.
And this is definitely a question worth asking.
The insight to understand when it’s the right time to say – yes, let’s dig in more and get this done because I know there’s something worthwhile at the end – or – nope, not worth it, moving on – is a sign that someone is learning from mistakes.
Stay with problems longer, yes, but also understand what it is your working towards.