Losing the fear of being wrong

I came across this lovely quote the other day…

“To live a creative life, we must lose the fear of being wrong.”
– Joseph Chilton Pearce

and I wanted to share it with you. (You can download a pdf poster of this quote to print out and hang for a daily reminder in your creative space by completing the form below.)

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I am doing a Painting and Drawing course for a few weeks. I haven’t really painted anything other than walls in a long time so it is a bit scary to move into an unfamiliar medium (acrylics). The teacher, John Gould, has us working on a large project across the 7 weeks. It turns out my project is going to cover four canvases! Eek!

Last week I wasn’t game to put brush to canvas because I really don’t know much about applying paint yet. As I was leaving John said, “You’d better start working on the canvases next week.” And I agreed that, having already done two weeks of the seven, I only have five weeks left to work on four canvases. Eek! Eek!

So this week (tomorrow as I write this) I have to be brave and just get on and paint. I have to not be afraid of doing it wrong. I have to accept that I will not produce a masterpiece on my first attempt. It is entirely possible I will not like what I create. And I have to be OK with that because the only way to learn is to let go of fear, have a go, be kind to yourself and try again, and again, and again.

And although I am blogging about the process, I may not share the results. It is scary to put your creative soul out into the world (as I have done with Blue Radish) and open yourself up to potential criticism and people not liking your work. It takes a certain degree of confidence in what you do, and that confidence develops over time and practice. I don’t yet have that confidence with painting. I’m brave enough to share some of my drawing now that I have been doing it a while and perhaps I will one day get to that point with painting. Maybe it will be sooner than I think. But that doesn’t matter for now. What matters is being brave enough to step out of my comfort zone to try something new with the intention of stretching myself creatively (and have fun!), and not to worry about doing it wrong!

What do you think? Can you be creative and not take risks? Or must we ‘lose the fear of being wrong’?

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