“The essential part of creativity is not being afraid to fail.” —Edwin H. Land
I’m reblogging this if only to state my disagreement. I believe the best creators are the ones who were terrified of failing. At least at first. Then, however, they succeeded in overcoming their Fear and managed to produce a work of art, a piece of literature, a feat in and of life. Those who don’t fear losing, failing, don’t feel the need to bet. They just do whatever they do and it’s fine, at least for them. The Fear, on the other hand, makes it real, makes it a challenge, makes it bigger than life. The Fear makes it actually mean something. And when we beat that Fear, when we decide we’ve had enough of doubting ourselves and worrying about how we’re very probably not good enough and cowering on a dark corner, not daring to try, when we manage to sidestep that, a huge door of opportunity arises and suddenly we’re artists, we’re achievers. We become Creators. But the Fear is still there, but it’s okay, because we have learned to respect that Fear. Because, after all, it is that Fear that pushes us to do our very best: not to conform, but to achieve; not to do, but to trascend.