“Keep pushing yourself to try and to learn new things, no matter how they turn out. You’ll find yourself growing stronger, more capable, more resilient and courageous. Failure is an option. Especially if you succeed at it.”
— Danny Gregory, How to Suck
Are you brave enough to risk failing?
Last week I had an email exchange with Erika about there being so much to learn and try and do. She said:
A lifetime isn’t enough. And even though our logical mind knows that, we tend to dither and hesitate to go for it. What can be lost but a bit of paint and canvas or paper. Actually, I shouldn’t say “we”, I should say “I”.
My response was:
It’s definitely “we”. I still dither and hesitate and doubt and second-guess. Particularly when I’ve got a painting where I like part of it but not all, then it’s a dance of do I keep going but what should I do or should I just give up. I try to be brave and bold, but sometimes it takes me weeks to work up to it, sometimes it never happens.
It takes confidence to fail, but with practice we get better at it and more out of it.
See also: Learn to Fail Better