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Me, hard at work, during my latest “Live Paint” demonstration on the streets of San Luis Obispo. Photo courtesy of my sis. © 2018 David Limrite

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”
Albert Einstein

At Least Try

The word “TRY” is a very small but powerful word.

Giving myself permission or allowing myself to try has made it possible for me to move forward and gain momentum, especially when fear has its grasp on me.

I have many fearful moments in my continuing creative journey. Fear of failure being the most prominent one.

There is fear associated with trying. This I know for sure. Fear associated with trying a new technique or style, trying to work with a different subject matter, and especially the fear of working with a new idea.

However, for me, the fear of trying pales in comparison to the fear of failure. So, when I think about it that way, trying seems so much easier to wrap my brain around.

The trick is to remove the fear associated with trying. I think of trying as learning. When I want to try something new, I have to start somewhere. More than likely, my first few attempts are not going to be successful. But each time I try, I learn more and more. Even if it’s “what doesn’t work”.

When I am in my studio, trying something new, I am by myself. I can try anything I want and nobody has to see it or know about it, unless I decide to show them. Also, I never announce out loud what I am going to try to anyone. This also reduces the risk and the fear of trying.

Lastly, I am getting pretty good at putting the focus on process and detaching from the outcome. Not an easy thing to do, but if you can master this, creating becomes a lot more fun and a lot less terrifying.

Give it a “TRY”.





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