I have written about the difficult odds of success in product development.
Moving past failure requires a strong ego (something I will comment on specifically in a later post), but most of all, it takes a good sense of humor.
Sometimes it is not easy to find anything funny going on. The media seems to have downgraded humor into an attempt to shock or outrage.
Humor does not need to be this way.
Take a look at TED.
For those of you who are living too deeply in your lab, TED is a yearly conference bringing together some interesting people. While humor is only a small part of the conference, the organizers view it as important. So do I.
Humor can still be smart.