Allow Yourself to Fail to Help Your Creativity Grow

I’m rerunning an old favorite today:

In the fascinating video below, Derek Sivers shows how experimentation and failure enhance learning and creativity. This is especially good viewing for those of us who are recovering perfectionists!

If you don’t have time to watch the entire 15-minute video, I recommend skipping ahead to just after the nine-minute mark, where you can watch the creation of a Picasso painting step by step — and see how Picasso makes mistakes and keeps changing the painting until he likes the final result.


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2 Responses to “Allow Yourself to Fail to Help Your Creativity Grow”


  1. 1 jessicamjonas February 2, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Long video, but so worth it! I loved the story of the narrator having to sing a song in many different ways to see how it would sound, and I have to admit I was surprised by the results of the experiment in the pottery class. Maybe I’ll have to judge my writing ‘by weight.’ Thanks for sharing this!

    • 2 stranglingmymuse February 2, 2012 at 10:32 am

      I’m so glad you liked the video, Jessica! I don’t often post longer videos, but I agree this one is worth it. I like the idea of judging your writing by weight! I’ve also heard this described as building up a reservoir of writing over time — and that feels very true to my experience, as someone who’s been writing for decades. Best of luck with all your creative endeavors!

      ~Sandy


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