The Courage of a Creative


It was my fault.

I got a little case of the yips. A little bit of nerves. Panicked a little bit in the middle of the audition.

Let's just say it wasn't my best work, and for weeks I've been beating myself up about it.

But recently, I've been reading Daring Greatly by Brené Brown, and she quotes Teddy Roosevelt. (Paraphrasing:) It doesn't matter what the critics and the haters say. What matters is climbing into the arena and taking your shot.

If your value is courage, then you've already won.

No matter what you create, if you're putting it out there for judgment there are going to be days where you're going to get your ass kicked, and you've got my utmost respect, because it takes guts and courage to get up off the mat, dust yourself off, and say you know what, that sucked, but I did it, and I'm going to do it again.

Keep doing what you're doing. Keep putting it out there. Keep improving. Keep getting better.

I thought I had some snappy closing to that, but I don't. See? Sometimes it sucks and you do it anyway.