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Creativity and Allowing Mistakes

Every creative project I worked on had its share of mistakes.

Fixing a mistake is usually hard on the team and expensive for the organization. This is why we as professionals have every reason to try and avoid making them.

However, trying to avoid mistakes can make us afraid of testing new ideas and making decisions that could turn out wrong.

Fear destroys creativity. And once instilled, it spreads like a virus.

Careful planning and smart decision-making are extremely valuable. But mistakes will always be a part of the creative process. We must allow ourselves to occasionally hit a wall, learn, and try something different.

Without the fear of making a mistake and without the fear of punishment.

How else can we be expected to innovate?




A Man Of Good Elastic

The philosopher appeared in front of the Hotel Imperial and attracted a crowd by his actions. He removed his coat, folded it, laid it on the sidewalk, placed his hat upon it; then he drew a small rubber band from his pocket. He broke the circle with his fingers, and, stretching the elastic to its limit, held it above his head.

Five rubber bands

“Gentlemen,” said the philosopher, “and pardon me – ladies – I did not see you. In this little piece of elastic there is the philosophy of life and living. When it is stretched to its full length it represents the strained life; when relaxed it is the simple life.

“Appearances, ladies and gentlemen,” said the philosopher, stretching the elastic until it threatened to snap. He allowed the rubber to relax with a snap and chuckled.

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