“When shown his office, he was asked what equipment he might need. “A desk or table, a chair, paper and pencils,” he replied. “Oh yes, and a large wastebasket, so I can throw away all my mistakes.”
― Walter Isaacson, Einstein: His Life and Universe
Since there is no such thing as a straight path to creativity, it is essential to give yourself room to make errors along the way.
There won’t be any innovation if errors aren’t allowed.
With his desire for a huge wastebasket, Einstein acknowledges the difficult path that leads to brilliant ideas.