Two weeks ago, I shared with you some fundamental aspects related to the concept of creativity. Inspired by the popular 1970s cartoon series "Love is", we discussed eight essential features of creativity or what it means to be creative or to create. Today, let me share with you another eight features of what "Creativity is":
9. Creativity is ... the courage to fail. "An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail," noted the inventor of Polaroid, Edwin H. Land. Other famous inventors likewise emphasised the importance of temporary setbacks in the creative (learning) process on how to eventually create new value and make things work, among them Thomas Edison ("I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work"). As the child development expert Joseph Chilton Pierce counselled: "To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong."
Questions: When was the last time you failed? What have you learned from your failure? How may you vary your approach to succeed the next time? How does your company look at failure? How often do you dare to be wrong?
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