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RISK vs PLAY

David Limrite-Artist, Coach, Mentor, Teacher

"Not all those who wander are lost".

~J.R.R. Tolkien


To create is to risk.

To be a creator is to be a risk taker.

To some, just the idea of taking risks can seem scary and dangerous.

But, taking risks are important and essential for growth. They push you and challenge you to get better at your craft. They help you explore and discover. They help you innovate. And they can, believe it or not,actually help you have fun.

For me, I think I have created some of my best, most interesting work when I somehow manage to summon the courage to let myself take risks. Taking risks is the only way I know of to push my work forward to a higher level of creativity, aesthetics and quality. And to learn something in the process.

If the idea of taking risks just makes you want to run and hide, try replacing the word “risk” with the word “play”.

When I am feeling precious or timid with my work, I try to approach it with an attitude of playfulness. In essence, I am still trying things and taking risks, however, being playful allows me to find a way in and have fun with it.

And being playful doesn’t seem so scary and dangerous.

Best,

David