Creativity is risk backed by confidence

A creative idea appears to be remarkable, admirable and genius … when accepted by the group intended to benefit from it. But what about the innovative ideas that are rejected? They are laughed at, ridiculed, and condemned, as is the person who entrusted the world with the idea.

For this reason, creative pursuits are not for the faint of heart. It takes risk, guts, vulnerability, and boldness to share a potentially game-changing idea. Why? Because as I wrote earlier, You cannot prove ‘new’. Innovation cannot be evidenced in advance so, yes, there is a built-in risk.  The essence of creativity means pushing the envelope, going beyond what is widely accepted, and challenging calcified assumptions.

To prepare for this, “the vast majority of high-level creators build what I call ‘uncertainty scaffolding,'” Jonathan Fields writes, “or strategies and practices that allow them enough baseline calm to do the things that would shut most others down. The greatest creators train not only in their chosen fields, but in the alchemy of fear.

We all greatly rely on innovation. Thus, there are few descriptions of a Maverick’s responsibilities more accurate than “taking creative risk backed by confidence.” Sure, creativity may involve risk, but uncertainty is a choice. It’s what we do with this insight that shapes our lives and the world.

Be a Maverick,

– Kent

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  • Lynda Williams says:

    I find the information above on creativity and confidence to be quite valid. What I’d like to know more about, however, is the “alchemy of fear.” If there were tools available to really help people manage fear and process it in ways that help them achieve better outcomes, or at least manage the inherent stress, that would be priceless. Maybe you know of a book that does this?

    • kenthealy says:

      Your question is a good one Lynda. The process of turning fear into confidence is priceless. In my expereince there are some timeless tenants but it also require experimentation and commitment from the individual since fear is perpetuated in different ways with different people. With that said, Jonathan Fields, who I quote in the article saying “alchemy of fear” has written a good book on the topic. Check it out here. If you do purchase and read it, let me know your thoughts.

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