How to embrace failure in order to find your muse
"IF YOU'RE NOT FAILING EVERY NOW AND AGAIN, IT'S A SIGN YOU'RE NOT DOING ANYTHING VERY INNOVATIVE."
When the harsh blow of creative failure knocks you down, you need to get up again. Do not see it as failure but as a lesson for the next time you try. Accepting the fact that you might fail at your first, second, third and fourth try, will give you the gumption to keep going until you do find your muse and create something truly original and valued.
You Fall Down, You Get Up Again…
One popular Psychology Professor had this advice for shy guys looking to ask a pretty girl out: Accept the fact that she will say “no”, and then approach her anyway. His theory was that many young undergrads were not finding love simply out of their utter fear of rejection. Having a pretty girl tell you “no” can hurt your pride like a kick in the belly.
If you go up to the girl with your “want to go to a movie, or something, if you are not doing anything…,” spiel accepting the fact that she might tell you that she will be washing her hair for the next week, her rejection of you will still hurt but not so much that you will not be willing to try it again with the next pretty girl that bats her eyes at you. You may even learn a thing or two, such as mentioning you happen to moonlight as professional shampooer, which you can take into consideration for your next approach. Learning from your mistakes will make you better the next time around. Heck, you should not even consider these brush offs as failures, but lessons on how to approach the opposite sex.
When it comes to finding your muse, you need to be able to accept failure. As any successful artist will tell you, their path to success was most certainly paved with many, many “no’s” along the way. The creative process is one of failed starts, wrong turns, and blind alleys. You might need to run into a few brick walls before you learn how to avoid them altogether. When you chose to pursue any type of creative endeavor, accept the fact that you might get knocked down a few times. And, when you get knocked down, let that one Chumbawumba song play loudly in your head and “get up again.”
“Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement”-C.S. Lewis