“The guy who takes a chance, who walks the line between the known and unknown, who is unafraid of FAILURE, will succeed.” — Gordon Parks
What would our lives be like if we approached everything as if it has already succeeded or that there was no possibility of failure? It would change our entire outlook on the way we we do things and probably what projects we would pursue in our artistic lives. I’ve been thinking about this lately as I evaluate what I have accomplished this year creatively and what I still want to achieve by the end of the year.
I know more than ever, that part of achieving our goals is the way we visualize them. Even if things don’t work out the way we anticipated, we don’t have to view them as a failure. We could view them as a lesson that we needed to learn. It’s all in the way we perceive the outcome of some of our ventures and the way we view success.
Is success measured by fame, money, quality of work? It depends on your goal when you approach your creative project. Only you can determine what makes you successful. However, if we lose the fear of failure than we have no choice but to continue on the road to success and we will make bolder choices in our creative process.
Over the years, I have learned to define success with other standards other than money. I measure my success by the artistic quality and impact on others. I know that is difficult in the society that we live in but we can not let the fear of losing money or not making any money deter us from producing creative work. If we do, we will not take as many chances and I think that is dangerous. If we let fear determine our path to creativity. We will be more cautious, which will limit us.
What choices would you make right now if you knew you would not fail? Would you quit your day job? Would you move across the country or out of the country? Would you finish your book, script, painting, business plan, portfolio? Would you audition for that play, film, or commercial? What would you do? I challenge you to approach your upcoming artistic goals without fear of failure and wish you much success when you achieve your goals.