Everyone Should Find Back the Creative Confidence for Themselves.
The first time I come across the concept of Creative Confidence is when I am learning about design thinking and read the book “Creative Confidence, Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All By Tom Kelley, David Kelley”. It is a fantastic concept, and I focus on my design thinking program as well. Creative confidence brings us: sense to accept failure and to call the hidden message in our brain.
What is Creative Confidence?
In the wordings, it is the confidence of creativity. Generally, we think that creativity is a gift. The artist is creative, and as a normal human being, we are not. We may believe it is also a kind of skill. We get trained to be creative, and most of the time, our creativity is shown in an art format, such as drawing, music, or even acting.
However, it is not!
Having confidence in creativity doesn't mean that you can draw something beautiful. It means that even you draw worst, you are still willing to illustrate and not afraid to share with others.
All about confidence, not about art.
When we were a child, we draw a lot and not worry about anything. But why most of us are hesitated to draw? and always said, “NOOOOO, my drawing is really bad”?
It is because we lost our creative confidence when we are growing up.
We are being trained to lose confidence.
Why we lost confidence? It is because when we are growing up, our society teaching us many many rules and regulations. Our family told us what we should do, what we should not do. Times to times, we started to build a model for ourselves. We have a role model to follow, and we think a lot before we do.
We are being trained to lose confidence, especially in Asian culture.
We need a “face.”
However, the cost is that we afraid to fail, and we cannot create something creative or innovative. It is risky to try. It is scary to be the one who draws ugly. Then we started to think a lot and stopped being creative. We want to be perfect.
I encourage my participants to draw during the workshop. No matter drawing themselves or drawing the ideas they proposed. I draw badly and everyone badly. But it is okay! It is wonderful! They are not attending a drawing class but design thinking workshops.
I would like to create an environment which is allowing fail. It seems like a parallel universe when the real life experience telling you “omgggg you drawing is bad! hahahahha!” However, we need this parallel universe to find the lost confidence.
Drawing brings the hidden message.
We should have the creative confidence to create new ideas. It is because we don’t truly understand ourselves. Via drawing, we bring pure ideas from our brain, without any translation and interpretation.
Everyone has their language. Drawing is a common language without extra elements.
Cantonese is my mother language. I still need to think about which words to use to express my meaning. During the thinking process, I did a self-evaluation of the message I want to share. It means that I screen out some news or thought from my brain and pick the right one.
If we want to think outside the box, the craziest ideas are essential to kick start. So let's draw something together today and find back your creative confidence!