“I have nothing against millionaires, but I want El Bulli to remain accessible to a greater number of diners who appreciate what we are creating here." - Ferran Adrià
In one of Gordon Byrn's blog posts, he said that one of his mentors mentioned that being good will hold you back from being great. If a person feels that they are good, they are going to get attached to that comfortable feeling of acceptance, and are less likely to go off and do something groundbreaking. It is very true that real genius is almost always misunderstood, and often times leads to dysfunction in other areas of one's life.
Okay, all this stuff is well and good, but where I really think my world and the world of Ferran Adria's cross is in the way of total disregard to perceived failure. When I take on new challenges sometimes I worry about being "wrong" or not "getting it fast enough." If I really want to do something great, I have to put these thoughts out of my head. It is only when I step outside my comfort zone and feel some weirdness, discomfort, and awkwardness that I change and grow.