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Staying a step ahead

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Creativity is supposed to be messy. But it’s not intended to be so messy that things get disorderly and the plot gets lost.

Creativity generates more questions than answers. Doubt surrounds it, as does the audacity to take risks.

Risks are tricky because no one wants to fail. Failure leaves a permanent stain. But failure is also the only way to stay a step ahead.

“One of the things about failure is that it’s asymmetrical with respect to time…we don’t actually call something educational until after it happened.” – Ed Catmull

The easiest way to think creatively and risk failure is to think different, to go the opposite direction from everyone else. You can also tap into creativity by connecting disparate ideas/things and molding them into new ones. Constriction helps inspire creativity too; dealing with you got forces simplification. Thinking inside the box pushes outside the box thinking.

Planning a creative project is only helpful if it kickstarts a build. The hard part after starting is knowing when it’s time to pivot and try something else.

While creativity is unpredictable it also opens the door to change. In other words, start and figure it out along the way.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.