This short chapter is a reminder for the reader to review failure as a part of the creative process. Each perceived failure allows one to know what works and what does not. And not all failures are the same. The author offers a way to see failures. Failures most often are due to:
Tharp strongly suggests one to “build your own validation squad,” of people who support one's creative process. These may be friends or family, or a mentor. These are people who care about the person, and the best are those who are willing to suspend their own agendas to support another person's growth. Above all, failures are another form of tool for a creative, to see what works and what does not. Failures are not to be used to critique a person’s worth, but only their work.
I encourage you to buy a copy of The Creativity Habit for a better understanding of your own creative process. Whether you're a master artist or beginning artist, this is an excellent book.