So you’re facing a blank canvas? Or maybe it's a new Moleskine, an empty file, the limitless perfection of a freshly imagined project... Whatever the medium, you're hesitant to make that first mark, to take that first step, to make the choice that mars the skin of perfect potential.
I get it, I do. The pressure of that white untapped promise is daunting. Make one mark, and you limit the options, and with each additional mark, you eliminate more possibilities, more directions... the responsibility is overwhelming! You can't start, you won't start, until you're sure you can get it right, and make the loss of all that OTHER potential worthwhile!
I’ve been there, of course.
We all have.
And we all know what’s really holding us back, right?
Yepp, our fear of failure.
We’re oh-so-worried that the wrong mark, word, choice or scribble will set us on a course for defeat. But in our fear of failure, we ensure that defeat, because we fail to start at all.
So what to do? There are a million great tips and tricks out there - many of which I use regularly.
But Today? Today, I’m moving beyond the tricks.
Today is the day I will CHASE Failure down like a dog!
And when I catch it, I shall hang my Failure on my wall like a trophy!
The idea of “Chasing Failure” is found more often in entrepreneurial startups than in the arts. When your goal is to disrupt the status quo (as it is with many startups) failure isn’t only possible, it’s probable. But in this fast paced world of idea after idea, the more often you fail, and the faster you fail, the more you know about what does and doesn’t work. That's why the entrepreneurial leaders spout counter intuitive things like "Fail Fast, Fail Cheap, Fail Early, Fail Often!"
Start-up culture walks the ragged edge between innovation and “Well, shit, THAT didn’t work... NEXT?!”. They're always looking for the next idea to push off a cliff to see if it will fly.
As creative entrepreneurs, not all of us have the risk-tolerance of Steve Jobs or Bill Gates - and we're not all willing to watch our ideas be thrown off cliffs over and over again.
But I am willing and able to risk screwing up a $40 canvas, a $25 sheet of watercolor paper *, a $10 notebook. I'm willing to risk an illustration or a blog post that falls flat, and you know... I’ll bet you are, too.
So won’t you join me on the hunt?
Let’s learn to “Fail fast, fail cheap, fail early, fail often.”
Let’s learn to embrace risk as just another part of our craft.
Come with me as we chase Failure through the thicket, like the wild beast that it is. Let’s make it run from us, let’s make it fear US. Let’s capture Failure, then pin it to the wall proudly, as proof of our courage!
Invocation to the The Hunt:
Let me fail fast, so I can shake it off and move onto the next thing.
Let me fail early, so each failure doesn’t cost a lifetime of angst.
Let me fail cheaply, that I will not be limited to a diet of Ramen Noodles because I blew the budget.
Let me fail often, that I will learn not to fear each failure, but to see them as paving stones on the road to success.
May my failures grant me a proud wall full of trophies, that I may find among them my golden successes.
Please join me over on G+ to tell me what you think, and help me work out details on how you can #JoinTheHunt!
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This post is a special Bonus for Blank Canvas Blog Hop - we're calling it The Friday Frenzy, because it features not one, but three bonus posts from our participants!
Friday Frenzy Posts:
- Karen Friedland: Going Wild In The Blank Canvas Blog Hop
- Kiala Givehand: Giving Hands Creative
- Tori Deaux: Chasing Failure: The Friday Frenzy! <--You are here already! Check out the other links, silly!
The Blank Canvas BlogHop
- Sept 8 Karen Friedland: Coloring The World
- Sept 9 Lezette Markham: Simply Art
- Sept 10 Cynthia Patton: Writer, Editor, Advocate, Speaker
- Sept 11 Jennyann Carthern: Paint is Thicker Than Water
- Sept 12 Friday Frenzy Bonus:
- Sept 13 Jan Blount: Gratitude & Company
- Sept 14 Effy Wild: Love and Glitter
- Sept 15 Virginia Simpson-Magruder: My Mane Blowing In The Wind
- Sept 16 Dariana Cruz: 2 Sisters 1 Journey
- Sept 17 Susan Miller: Lighted Path Coaching
- Sept 18 Grace Howes: Red Barn Studios
- Sept 19 Tori Deaux & The Quirkipreneurs <-- Me, again!
- Sept 20 Kiala Givehand: Giving Hands Creative
- Sept 21 Martin Arkenstone:The Wisdom of Stone
- Sept 22 Nicole Piar: GhostKitten
We have a winner!
Congratulations, fellow blog hopper Nicole Piar: GhostKitten
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