Indeed, Catmull most often uses himself as an example of someone who has failed to see through to the heart of a problem. This is the true strength of the book. Unlike so many other tech-industry memoirs and business books, Creativity, Inc. is not an abstract exploration of a philosophy, nor is it a list of accomplishments interspersed with bold commandments. Instead, it is a deep, thoughtful investigation of a never-ending series of failures—and the reactions to those failures that eventually led to success.
In another piece of his, from 2009, which he links to from the above article, and absolutely worth the read:
it's true that a critic's eye is useless without an artist's hand. But an artist without a critical eye is even more ineffectual.
There lies the issue with fashion photography: The abundance of compliments and lack of true [and negative] criticism.