How can we live a more creative life?
It’s been said that we learn very little from our successes. After all, it’s really not that difficult to read a gushing review of our work or to deposit that big fat commission check in the bank. So what exactly do we have to learn in order to live a creative life?
Somehow we need to let go of our fear of failing. Unfortunately making stupid mistakes is simply part of the game. We have to understand that the harder we push outside of our comfort zone, the more likely it is that we’ll end up making a fool out ourselves at some point — but that’s okay. That’s just the way it works. We try something new and sometimes it works, but just as often it doesn’t.
That doesn’t mean we suck as an artist, it just means that we have to learn how to take the good with the bad and keep moving forward. In the end, what separates the great artists from the might-have-been-great artists is not talent, but the ability to suck it up and keep going even when something doesn’t work out the way we imagined that it would.
Living a creative life is not about being “right” or “wrong”. Instead it’s about showing up and putting in the work even when things sometimes fall apart. And that’s okay because those who aren’t willing to make mistakes and risk looking like an idiot along the way, end up making nothing.
“To live a creative life we must lost our fear for being wrong.”
~Joseph Chilton Pearce
Here are two articles from the site you might enjoy!
“Fearless Artists Jump First and Swim Later” — Dive in and don’t look back!
“5 Fears That Can Destroy an Artist” — Having the courage to survive as an artist