Thursday July 18, 2013 #542


“The essential part of creativity is not being afraid to fail.”


~Edwin H. Land



Fear of failure is the killer of creativity and innovation.  However, simply saying “don’t be afraid” will not give us the courage to create.  Courage is not the absence of fear.  Courage is the ability to act despite our fears.  The reality, and you know this intellectually, is that the cost of failure is usually not catastrophic.  What to do?  Keeping in mind something significant you’d like to work on, start small and create something, anything.  Try a new recipe, write a poem, comment on a blog with your own original take on the subject.  Feel what it is like to create. 


Use that experience to gain the courage to start working on creating something important where failure is possible.   The world needs your ideas!