Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Embracing Failure Nº 1

I have failed, yet again. I'm going to have to rework my working drawing a third time. The second working drawing was better than the first one. Hopefully, the third working drawing will be better than the second one. It just took me a long time to admit that the second working drawing just isn't working.

Famous Creators on the Fear of Failure by Maria Popova

I agree with Maria Popova's choice of a favorite video... the one by Milton Glaser... the one right above this quote:

A characteristic of artistic education is for people to tell you that you’re a genius. [...] So everybody gets this idea, if you go to art school, that you’re really a genius. Sadly, it isn’t true. Genius occurs very rarely. So the real embarrassing issue about failure is your own acknowledgement that you’re not a genius, that you’re not as good as you thought you were. [...] There’s only one solution: You must embrace failure. You must admit what is. You must find out what you’re capable of doing, and what you’re not capable of doing. That is the only way to deal with the issue of success and failure because otherwise you simply would never subject yourself to the possibility that you’re not as good as you want to be, hope to be, or as others think you are.” ~ Milton Glaser

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