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"I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it." - Pablo Picasso


What was the biggest [perceived] risk you ever took as an artist?

What was the outcome?

What did you learn?

My answer:

I have two answers: Leaving my regular community and going on teaching tour for 5 months - and - moving from an in person model to an online model.

In both cases it worked out well due to timing and hard work.

I learned that anything is possible with the right variables and support.

Thoughts & Actions:

How can you feel more comfortable taking risks?

  1. Roleplay with your more confident self. Start by asking yourself the question, “What you would do if you knew you could not fail?” Remember, dreaming is often the best form of planning.

  2. Factor in the risk of doing nothing. What’s a bigger risk than something new? Inaction. We risk complacency, stagnation, fizzling out, losing our passion…

  3. Keep things in perspective. Often we tend to overestimate how big the risk is and its consequences. What would really happen if doesn’t work out? We tend to exaggerate the negative possibilities, worry about things that can’t even happen, and allow our insecurities to tell stories.

  4. Embrace failure. A successful entrepreneur will fail 9 out of 10 times. As an artist you have to have a positive attitude about failure, it’s a necessary part of progressing your work. Often, our “failures” are not as bad in reality as they are in our imagination. Practice failing. Learn to let it go.

  5. Tilt the odds in your favor. Risks should be risky—not reckless. Things always seem far less risky after careful research, thought, planning, and practice.

  6. Don’t confuse fear with risk. Fear is healthy, it keeps you safe. Risks are also healthy, they keep you fresh, excited, engaged, and learning.

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