Category Archives: Creativity

great leaders love failure


Poor leaders dislike failure.  Good leaders accept failure.  Great leaders love failure.

This may sound like heresy to some of you.  A few years ago, it would have sounded like heresy to me.  Let me explain why I believe it to be the truth.  First I need to dispel some myths about failure

Myth #1: Failure is permanent.

When we think failure is permanent we can become paralyzed.  Often in my life, I have been afraid to fail because I thought if I tried and failed I would permanently be a failure in that area.  How crazy is that, failure is an opportunity to start over with knowledge of how not to do something.

Myth #2: Failing means I am a failure.

When I failed often I felt like I was a failure.  Or I thought if I tried and failed I was a failure.  This is bull crap.  Failing means I was brave enough to try.

Myth #3: When you fail it means you weren’t supposed to do that particular thing.

Often I have felt if I failed at something I wasn’t destined to do that particular thing.  However, failure just means another obstacle to overcome.

Smashing these myths has helped me love failure.  Failure is an essential part of changing the world.  Failure guides us to the best plan of action.  People who continue to fail change the world.  The person who fails and gets up over and over makes a difference.  The best basketball player of all time failed over and over.

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.

The best basketball player ever failed over and over again and that is why he was the greatest player ever.  He dared to fail.  There are many famous people who have succeeded because they were willing to fail.  People who failed and did not think it was permanent.

Where do you need to fail?  Where do you need to step out and dare to fail?  The world needs you to fail and keep on failing.  If you are a leader the world needs you to love failure and encourage your team to fail.

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napkin thoughts (002): perfection kills creativity

WP_20130904_00420130904162828Do you have a desire to be perfect? I do.

Do you have a desire for the things you make to be perfect? I do.

The desire of perfection leads to not creating or finishing things.

Have you ever experienced this?  Perfection kills creativity.

The creative process is messy.  It has to be.  If we wait for the draft to be perfect we will never finish the draft.  If we wait until the product is perfect we will never release the product.  Even as I write this post, I am trying to make it perfect and I never will.  At some point if I want to impact people I will need to hit the publish button.

The question that always comes to my mind is when will I know when something is ready to release.  It depends.  How is that for an answer?  My general rule of thumb is 80% or above.  Some projects require 90% or better.  It may be different for you.  However, I know this, your product will never be perfect.  There always will be an error.  Guess what?  That is okay.  Release it to the world.  Inspire us with your creation.  Stop hiding it.

What have you been working on that you won’t release because it is not perfect?

What is the percentage needed for you?

What is one thing you can release, publish, sing, show the world today?

We need your creation(s).  Remember perfection kills creativity.

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napkin thoughts (001): creativity = assembly


Have you every uttered the phrase “I am not a creative person”?  Or “I am not creative, like ______”?  Or “If ____ was here we could have a creative answer to this problem”?

These are all myths.

Everyone is creative, some just need to uncover or rediscover their creativeness.

Have you ever heard the creativity myth that being creative means you have to come up with original ideas?  I have.  Many times in fact.  This scares people away from allowing themselves to be creative.  The truth is…

Creativity = Assembly

Creativity is about stealing ideas from many different places and assembling them in a way no one has before.  It is that simple.

What do you think?  Does creativity = assembly?

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