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Fear of Failure

Every creative has failed many times before achieving success. If you fear failure, you will not try new things that could lead to new, incredible discoveries.

When it comes to the arts, there is no room for rigidity. Creativity is never platonic. Question your assumptions that failing is never productive and try things that others say are impossible.

Michael Jordan famously puts it like this:

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.

Every creative has failed many times before achieving success. If you fear failure, you will not try new things that could lead to new, incredible discoveries. Remember, failure is an event and should not be confused with being part of your identity no matter how many mistakes you make in the creative process.

Steve Jobs said it well in his commencement address at Stanford:

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.