The book below looks like a great read. Creativity, INC. by Ed Catmull, he of Pixar fame, talks about the need to make mistakes.
No, it’s more than that, he talks about how making mistakes means you’re pushing yourself and looking for new solutions. After all, if we don’t try anything new and only do what’s been done before and how it’s been done before – we guarantee we don’t do anything new.
I like advice like this, but I’m always a bit suspicious of advice and UNLOCK your creativity type books. The cynic in my head says things like, “I’m better at the mistake making part of life. Just not good at the doing it right part.” or “Great advice. But I don’t want you to be a pilot of a plane I’m on.” But I will be getting a copy of this book.
Here’s a link to the Brain Pickings site and an article by Maria Popova.
From the book about mistakes:
“[Many people] think it means accept failure with dignity and move on. The better, more subtle interpretation is that failure is a manifestation of learning and exploration. If you aren’t experiencing failure, then you are making a far worse mistake: You are being driven by the desire to avoid it. And, for leaders especially, this strategy — trying to avoid failure by out-thinking it — dooms you to fail.”
Below is an interesting quote which speaks to me as I like to keep my work evolving as I do it. I don’t like planning out that one tight, super specific sketch. I like to discover and react as I paint a page in a book. This is a more difficult route no doubt, as I never have a point where I just turn off my brain and ‘color’ or ink lines. I’m reworking the whole thing as I work. At times I think I make doing picture books as hard as I can…
From the book: “If you seek to plot out all your moves before you make them — if you put your faith in slow, deliberative planning in the hopes it will spare you failure down the line — well, you’re deluding yourself. For one thing, it’s easier to plan derivative work — things that copy or repeat something already out there. So if your primary goal is to have a fully worked out, set-in-stone plan, you are only upping your chances of being unoriginal. Moreover, you cannot plan your way out of problems. While planning is very important, and we do a lot of it, there is only so much you can control in a creative environment. In general, I have found that people who pour their energy into thinking about an approach and insisting that it is too early to act are wrong just as often as people who dive in and work quickly. The overplanners just take longer to be wrong (and, when things inevitably go awry, are more crushed by the feeling that they have failed). There’s a corollary to this, as well: The more time you spend mapping out an approach, the more likely you are to get attached to it. The nonworking idea gets worn into your brain, like a rut in the mud. It can be difficult to get free of it and head in a different direction. Which, more often than not, is exactly what you must do.”
Thanks George for sending me the link!
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