January 5, 2015
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?