CREATIVE TOOLBOX 02

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There is a rumor out in the non-creative world that failure is bad. If we fail, fortune cookies tell us to “Get up! Learn from your mistakes, and never do them again!” Maybe in a world of predictable, measurable and defined outcomes, this message rings true.

 

But what if we live in a world where we don’t know what the outcome is supposed to be? What if we are walking on an unexplored minefield of answers? In this land, risk is your best friend. I advise you to grab its hand and hold it tight, because you two will be inseparable down the road of your creative career.

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Creative people are self-conscious about their work, more so than others. They cringe at someone critiquing their work with fear of failing because it is very likely they will. Think about it: creatives at work have to explore new, never-before-seen ground. Since nobody was there before to tell you what not to do, you are more likely to step on some mines and fail.

 

What people don’t realize is that this is actually a good thing. If you fall on bad ground, you know you are exploring something new and most importantly, original. The ad executive, Dan Wieden, says creatives don’t develop unless they’re willing to fail and fail and fail again.

 

If you haven’t failed in awhile, you are probably not using your creative power to full capacity. As a creative, taking risks will be an every-day habit (thankfully!) and embracing it will only push you to reach further. So strive to fail harder, fail better and faster. - Pati

 

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4 Comments

  1. Posted 08.05.2013 at 12:26 am | Permalink

    Hey Pati, totally loved this post. While failures make us feel little down, they make the whole experience of success so worth it, when we realise how hard we tried.
    Also loved your food post. The pictures are so delicious. :)
    Have a nice week ahead.

  2. Posted 08.05.2013 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

    Love this post, I think creative people are harder on their work!
    Great blog, following you on Bloglovin!

    xo Annie

    New England Romance

  3. Posted 08.11.2013 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    I guess it depends on your definition of failure. One of the hardest things can be knowing when to give up on something that isn’t working. Getting to the point where you can give up on it is in many ways a kind of success.

    • patyleemo
      Posted 08.13.2013 at 12:03 am | Permalink

      Absolutely Annie! Realizing that you have to give up something, to a lot of people means failing, but truly you discovered something about yourself in the process, which is a step in the right direction. x

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