Just Start: How to Gain Creative Confidence
“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.”
- Suzy Kassem
There is a perception that creativity comes naturally and without any effort, which isn’t true. There is a natural progression of ability through play and practice. Nobody discovers their creativity by waiting for it to announce itself; nobody is born knowing they are amazing at designing, making, writing, or drawing; nobody learns they have an eye for photography or product development, they discover it through practice and with practice, creativity grows. If you don’t think you’re “naturally creative,” you simply need to experiment to find out what your creative skill is — you just haven’t found it yet.
Confidence comes with practice, sharing, and being bold. To have creative confidence means you feel free to take creative risks, to take the chance that sometimes you will fail and sometimes you will succeed, and knowing your ideas have value. Having creative confidence doesn’t mean there won’t be moments of self-doubt, only that the drive to create is so much greater than the fear. The only person who can give you creative confidence is you.
Never compare your beginning to someone else’s middle, everybody has to start somewhere. There will always be people who are more talented, more confident, and more successful than you. Those people are not your enemies, they are your inspiration.
If you are so scared of failure you never try, you automatically fail. There is no failure in trying — just start.