Caution vs. Creativity

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” Scott Adams

There’s an inherent risk to any creative endeavor. Failure isn’t inevitable, but it is a potential reality. That’s because creativity is rarely clear and straightforward. Most of the time we are machtteing 🔪 our way through the jungle, unaware we are walking in circles. (Does that tree look familiar to you?)

Creativity is risky because there’s always a chance that it won’t work. But that shouldn’t concern us in the beginning. (Dwelling on potential failure distracts you from your mission and increases your chance of failure.

That being said we don’t have to completely throw caution to the wind. We can try to stack the odds in our favor for a better outcome. Making fungible decisions, for example. Or put another way, is this decision reversible? Meaning, instead of investing a bunch of money into expensive equipment, we could try to spend a minimal amount first, or find a way to try before we buy.

Personally, I find that just knowing that something might not work takes the pressure off me from having to succeed or do something perfect (which usually leads to more room for play and better ideas). As long as I’m giving something my maximum effort, then a bad outcome doesn’t bother me as much. As silly as it sounds, participation is enough to call something a success for me. Creativity can be uncomfortable and scary. For example, most people who suck at drawing—but wish they could draw well—never give themselves the space to suck and be okay with sucking while learning to do better.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1258

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