29 Aug 07

From The Accidental Creative:

Todd Henry writes: There’s going to be some noticeable dips in quality and performance when we’re taking risks and trying new things, because taking risks requires more energy, requires more focus. There’s some sort of psychological trauma that’s inflicted on us whenever we take a risk, whenever we step out and try something new.

That made me stop and think. So true. When we try something new, we need to reserve lots of space for relaxation and reflection, and be very forgiving of ourselves. We tend to compare our attempts against finished works of brilliance, and forget the years of worried, uncertain experimentation that built them.

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