“When you really pay attention, everything is your teacher.”
You have the ability to learn from anything. Success and failure. Your life and other peoples lives. Books and nature. Experience and imagination.
When we try to solve a problem it sometimes helps to get out of the situation and talk to people or experience new things. As creative people we want to tell stories with our instruments, voices and words to express ourselves and make people feel a certain way.
If we limit ourselves to just working with the medium we are involved in we probably won’t come up with a lot of new ways to say “I love you”, “believe in yourself” or “let’s party!”.
That’s why you can benefit from looking at all of your passions, hobbies or interests. Incorporate them, explore them and try to find what interesting stories they tell.
If you’re a producer working on a beat and enjoy basketball, origami and sourdough bread you could start by sampling a basketball for the kick drum. Maybe adding some sounds of paper folding to the rhythm. Then have the same tempo and groove you have while kneading da dough!
Hey, i’m just spitballing here, alright?
The point is that we should be on the lookout for new interesting ideas and combinations that aren’t always apparent. It all depends on your individual taste!
Sometimes we bomb completely. Epic. Fail.
And what do people say? If at first you don’t succeed… Give up?
What we hear and get told are the stories of success. The Epic Win!
People made stars over night. From the outside it looks true. What we rarely get to see are all the hours (usually about 10.000 of ’em) they put into their craft. All the failures, false starts and brick walls are overshadowed by the moment things fall into place.
They’re probably still learning and evolving just as we are making mistakes along the way. But that isn’t what defines us. It’s what we choose to do after we fail.
Some great books to get you pumped up about failing! =D
Adapt – Why Success Always Starts with Failure – Tim Harford
How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life – Scott Adams
Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude – Napoleon Hill & W. Clement Stone
The Flip Side: Break Free of the Behaviors That Hold You Back – Flip Flippen
Here are some quotes to get us thinking:
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan
“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might has well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.” – J.K. Rowling
“Remember that failure is an event, not a person.” – Zig ZIglar
“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” – Bill Cosby
“Failure is success if we learn from it.” – Malcolm Forbes
“I think you have to try and fail, because failure gets you closer to what you’re good at.” – Louis C.K.
Gut punch warning! The video below might just change your life!
Larry Smith – Why You Will Fail to Have a Great Career: