Sunday, August 18, 2013

The Asset Of Taking Chances!

Danielle Laport
"Personal insignificance is provocative when you’re making your art. Remembering how insignificant you are helps you to be more daring, more honest, more … here." 

Sir Ken Robinson
"What all children have in common is that they will take a chance. They're not frightened of being wrong. I don't mean to say that being wrong is the same thing as being creative. But if you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original. By the time they get to be adults, most kids have lost that capacity. They have become frightened of being wrong."

Two very powerful statements that I believe we need to read. Why? Because as creators we are the movers and shakers of the world. We do because we can. We do because we are driven to. We think big because we are hard wired that way.

Hope attracts chances
Being a maker means letting go of a certain kind of fear: the fear of take chances on our ideas. We throw it out there. We visually show our thought process and what we can make from our hands. It's sounds powerful but in a way it is so very humbling at the same time. It's not without mishaps! 

It could get rejected. 

It could be ignored. 

It could hang out with the crickets.

But it could also be appreciated. 

Taking chances creates the following assets:
• a chance to evolve. 
• the chance to get the right work, the right clients and income you've always wanted. 
• the chance to teach others. 
• the chance to inspire others. 
• the chance to be part of something bigger. 
• the chance to create the career you always wanted.
• the chance to really love your process. 
• the chance to learn well from your important mistakes. 
• the chance to really start making the kind of work you always knew you could! 

Don't put away childlike things!
Many of us have not lost that child like concept of taking a chance. However, we don't come to it as innocent and random as a child might. We instinctively know that it could be great or that it could bomb. We make mistakes and start again. Perhaps we shouldn't worry so much about it because we're going to make things anyway-our ideas are never finished. To me, all these ideas create a true makers mind! 

"To live a creative life we must lose the fear of being wrong." 
-Joseph Chilton Pearce 

There is a certain amount of freedom in taking a chance when you know at any given moment your audience gets a chance to see something new. 

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