Actually, I should point out that I have *no* exception to what, based on your email, you *meant* to say–that we need to push hard and fail spectacularly to create anything worthwhile.
If you are not falling down, you are not running hard enough.
I *do* think the puppy mill rhetoric got away from you, and people (such as myself) are reading your post as an indictment of all the hacks you find yourself forced to work with, rather than a personal vow to wipe out more often.
I strongly believe in wiping out as often as it takes.
To double your success rate, quintuple your failure rate.
So there you have it. My advice for success as an artist.
Wipe out more often.
If you already know how to do something, why the heck are you doing it again?