The nature of art is about taking risks.
We want to create things that have never been created, do things no one has done, and try things that have not been tried. When we become audacious, it forces us to accept that taking risks leaves us exposed to what some may call “failure”.
Anyone who has “failed” understands the apprehension of taking risks the next time opportunity arrives; it can be scary. There are two things that will paralyze creativity faster than any others:
1. When we haven’t defined success.
2. When we haven’t defined failure.
Clarifying success and failure help create targets. This process also contextualizes expectations. As we start projects, bringing clarity to what success and failure look like will help us take the right risks and create our best projects and art.
Do you clearly define success and failure?