Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Fighting Failure

Artist's Block
In a follow-up to yesterday's post, here are some thoughts on fighting fear and failure:

From Winston Churchill via Wilson Williams Jr.-
"Success is not final,  failure is not fatal:  It is the courage to continue that counts."

From Milton Glaser via Jodi Chamberlain:
Personal  development is antithetical to professional success.  In other words, to grow artistically, you have to practice, experiment, and fail.  To become more successful (ie get more clients) you have to have a consistent record of not failing.
Accept failure as part of the process of growth.  Learning to overcome will give you the tools to be a consistent professional.
His video interview is a must watch. He packs a lot into a 7 minute speech.

From Samantha Bennett:
"Think of it this way: the voices in your head are trying to keep you safe. They don’t want you to put yourself in a vulnerable position. They try to scare you into inaction by telling you that no one will care about your work. Or worse, that people will judge you harshly.  But art is about making yourself vulnerable."

Since there's plenty to chew on here, I'll save the artist's step-by-step guide to overcoming paralyzing fears for next Wednesday.  Until then, I'd love to hear your thoughts.


  1. Thanks for this post - I'll be catching that video interview in a sec!

  2. Your post leaves me with many good thoughts to remember. I've adopted something from the movie "Finding Nemo" that I say to myself a lot these days: "Just keep swimming! Just keep swimming!"
    *Sorry if this shows up twice. I thought it posted but I looked at the video and when I came back the comment box was still open.*

    1. LOL I'm more apt to quote "Meet the Robinsons," Keep moving forward!


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