“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” – Truman Capote

I’ve been doing a lot of teaching and mentoring lately and this idea of a fear and being afraid of making a mistake, or fear of not having a perfect brand, fear of not knowing enough, and all other sorts of fears is something that keeps coming up. One of the most important things we need to learn as creatives is to ignore that fear. If I had listened to my fears and doubts about starting I Love Wednesdays, I wouldn’t be here today doing what I love; instead I’d probably be working somewhere ‘safe’ for someone else. Fear makes you stick to what’s comfortable and makes people complacent. Complacency has never been a good thing for creative endeavours.

The risk of failure is inevitable, in whatever we do. Every successful person in the world has failed more than most people combined, and that’s what makes them so successful, being willing to reach further, challenging themselves to explore new ideas, escaping their comfort zone, and getting right back up when they fall flat on their face.

I’ve been working on my list of goals for 2011 and they are extensive, audacious and more than likely impossible… but I would rather be just south of audacious than just north of complacent.



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