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Making more misstakes

March 11, 2011

In order to be more creative we have to accept we are going to make a few mistakes along the way.

The fear of making mistakes, of looking foolish, undermining our claims of experience and ability is what holds us back. As Seth Godin writes, “The enemy of creativity is fear…”

The unpredictable nature of creativity is a difficult sell, explaining to a client that you want their commission yet you don’t know the answer to their problem takes a great deal of faith on both sides. Yet being open about the process is necessary, Andy Grove and more famously Bruce Mau say, “Make mistakes faster”. Although renowned for his ‘unyielding perfectionism’ Paul Arden agrees, “the person who doesn’t make mistakes is unlikely to make anything. Failures and false starts are a precondition of success”.

Malcolm Gladwell sums up the difficulties of balancing a relaxed creative approach with a developing intellect. He says. “Embracing messiness and understanding its contribution to the creative process is something that writers and creative types, artists, whatever have got to cultivate, have to learn to be comfortable with because it goes against a lot of our kind of instincts and training as educated people.”

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  1. March 24, 2011 7:08 pm

    Some great quotations there. Motivating me to pick up a couple of projects that have been on the back burner for a while. Thank you.

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