Hurry Up and Make Mistakes

Many artists become so afraid of producing artworks of sub-standard quality, that they never produce anything at all.  Unless it meets their imagined ideal of what they ought to be able to produce, they procrastinate and make excuses, instead of making art.  That avoids the humiliation, but it also ensures that nothing is produced.

It has been said that we all learn from our mistakes, so the best way to become a success is to drastically increase your rate of failure.  I think we should make failure our goal.  How liberating is that?  We get to make art, knowing from the outset that it is our intention to produce something not quite good enough.  For perhaps the first time in our lives, instead of being afraid of making something that isn’t quite perfect, we’re emboldened to go ahead and make something we know, for certain, won’t be.  In fact, that’s what we’re trying to do.

If we set out to make art with the deliberate and stated intention of producing mistakes and failures, pretty soon we’ll find that we even fail at that.  😉

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You can find out more about me here: https://michaeltopic.wordpress.com/. There aren’t many people that exist in that conjunction of art, design, science and engineering, but this is where I live. I am an artist, a musician, a designer, a creator, a scientist, a technologist, an innovator and an engineer and I have a genuine, deep passion for each field. Most importantly, I am able to see the connections and similarities between each field of intellectual endeavour and apply the lessons I learn in one discipline to my other disciplines. To me, they are all part of the same continuum of creativity. I write about what I know, through my blogs, in the hope that something I write will resonate with a reader and help them enjoy their own creative life more fully. I am, in summary, a highly creative individual, but with the ability to get things done efficiently. Not all of these skills are valued by the world at large, but I am who I am and this is me. The opinions stated here are my own and not necessarily the opinion or position of my employer.
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2 Responses to Hurry Up and Make Mistakes

  1. timruane24 says:

    Good idea. Lots of fear of failure out there.

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