7. Failure teaches perseverance This is a mantra for artists. No one picks up an instrument and begins playing a masterpiece. Well, maybe Mozart, but the truth is that most artists who experience success were at it for a long time. Think of Vincent Van Gogh, who never experienced commercial success in his lifetime but kept painting until the day he died. Heck, think of Kathryn Stockett and her novel “The Help” which collected over 60 rejections before being published and becoming a bestseller and a hit movie.