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Embrace Your Creativity: Never Fear Being “Wrong”


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Posted On: Mar 30, 2016

Embrace Your Creativity: Never Fear Being “Wrong”

To follow your creativity means to follow your heart. No matter what kind of thing that you create, you will find that other people don’t quite look at your creation the same way that you do. Any kind of critique can hard to accept, even while when we’re asking for constructive criticism about things we have created. The key to growing with your creativity—whether it is in art, music, writing, or any other medium—is to see each new work that you do as progress. But it can be difficult to look at your creative work this way if you’re stuck in a rut and don’t feel that you’re doing is the best you can do. Here are a few things you might want to keep in mind if you’re feeling that you’re not heading in the right direction with your creativity.

Never think of yourself as exceptional. This might seem like counterintuitive advice to someone who needs a shot in the arm about their creativity, right? But the second you give up on believing that you owe your creativity to others, you begin to truly own the things that you create. Know what your talents are and do everything that you can to foster them. Create things that make you feel satisfied about using your talents. Let others judge—and only pay attention when it helps you make constructive changes.

Learn from your heroes. It’s nearly impossible to study the life of another artist who hasn’t seen times when their art wasn’t recognized as having great potential. Just about everyone who has produced art has gone through periods of doubt. If they had given up then, they wouldn’t be anyone to emulate today, right?

Create for yourself. Whatever it is that you do to find your creative outlet, think of it first and foremost as your art and nothing else. Of course if you create something beautiful you want to share it with others, but be certain to relish that moment when it’s all yours, before you make yourself vulnerable. In fact, you should create things just for yourself that you might not show anyone else. Think of it as a creative diary of sorts.

Be bold – don’t ever be embarrassed of what you create. Know that what you’re doing is your passion, and if some days it doesn’t turn out perfect, well—at least you’re putting the work in. No one has ever created a perfect portfolio without tossing some canvases aside. No film has ever been cut perfectly without leaving a few takes and footage on the cutting room floor. Creativity is about confronting the fear of being able to make mistakes and learn from them. In fact, whether the subject is business, sports, art, or life in general, the advice is always the same: you have to take chances and risk failure in order learn and eventually succeed. You only have one life. Express it in the unique way that you know how!