Your Mistakes Are A Scar on Your Soul

Sometimes I’m terrified of making mistakes, worried that a poor decision could leave a scar on my soul. How about you?

The fear of making a mistake is an absolute killer when it comes to your creativity. Which is crazy because just about every piece of genius ever created resulted from a mistake of one kind or other.

Unless we error we can’t learn.

Mistakes are like tattoo’s, or scars on our souls, things of beauty, things that mark out and describe our own personal journey.

Make MORE mistakes in life and in creativity; I’m not telling you to be stupid, I’m just saying that you shouldn’t be afraid anymore.

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15 Responses to “Your Mistakes Are A Scar on Your Soul”

  1. Angie Battle June 15, 2011 at 3:13 pm #

    Taking risks = heartbeat of creativity. Beautifully written, Geoff.

  2. KAREN COOK June 15, 2011 at 5:04 pm #

    We grow when we risk. Often it is our failure and fear that stands in the way of creative freedom. I carry scars on my soul proudly – as they remind me that I am battle worthy and prepared to fight for my dream. Good provocative thoughts Geoff…keep em coming! 

    • Geoff Talbot June 15, 2011 at 5:08 pm #

      I carry scars on my soul proudly… great comment Karen

  3. Bee Mundy-Castle June 15, 2011 at 5:11 pm #

    My husband’s wise old Professor at Cambridge in the forties,John Wisdom , used to say “Out of error cometh truth”.

  4. Geoff Talbot June 15, 2011 at 5:14 pm #

    love it… wise old professor

  5. Adriana Marin June 15, 2011 at 5:14 pm #

    LEARNING from our mistakes makes the difference from being stupid to being creative. Thanks for sharing, Geoff!

  6. Lizzie June 15, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

    Fantastic!  Fear is often so irrational.  I couldn’t tell you why I don’t take more risks with my art.  Thanks for pointing out the stupidity of avoiding mistakes…I needed it today. 

  7. T.J. Sullivan June 15, 2011 at 5:58 pm #

    What’s this soul you speak of?  ; )

  8. Rexcrisanto June 15, 2011 at 6:10 pm #

    Though we call them mistakes, more than often they serve a purpose yet to be discovered.  When we make “mistakes,” maybe we need to say to ourselves, “I’ll make a better mistake tomorrow.”  

  9. Julianne Harvey June 15, 2011 at 10:16 pm #

    Couldn’t agree more, Geoff!  Good and inspiring thoughts.  I would add that perfectionism killed my creativity for way too many years, before I woke up and realized that first drafts are meant to be awful, and that if I don’t allow myself to fail initially, I’ll never succeed.  It was one of the best creative epiphanies I’ve ever had and it unlocked the prison I was keeping myself in.

    • Lynne Holder June 25, 2011 at 4:27 pm #

      “I woke up and realized that first drafts are meant to be awful…”

      Thank you, Julianne. That’s exactly what I needed to hear!

  10. Lynne Holder June 25, 2011 at 4:27 pm #

    If mistakes are like tattoos, I have some major ink, but wow, what I have learned and experienced.

    Wonderful thoughts, Geoff. 

  11. Pauline Hawkins February 16, 2013 at 6:49 am #

    So true! If I waited for the perfect words to come, I’d never write anything. Instead I write all of it, even the stuff I know I’ll delete or edit later. By letting the mistakes breathe, I discover what I really want to say.

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