Think Like A Child To Unlock Your Creativity and Grow Your Business
The entrepreneurial journey is one of adventures, epic successes and majestic fails. And along the road, two questions seem to always be coming back, especially if you’re a creative:
1 – “How on earth I am supposed to know what to do to grow this thing? I have no clue what I am doing” => fear of failure;
2 – “Where, but where has my creativity gone?”=> the good old creative block.
In this article, we dive into how having a child’s mindset can help solving both of these recurring issues.
A child’s mindset to grow your business
That quote is so dam good I could almost just stop here.
But seriously, isn’t that exactly right? Isn’t doing the things you don’t know how to do the only way to learn how to do them? And if so, why are we frightened when it comes to actually doing it?
Failure. There, I said it. We are afraid of failing. And sometimes it is a rational fear. Like in a life or death situation. But when it comes to business, knowing in advance what will or will not work is simply never going to happen.
Why am I talking about this and how does this relate to having a child’s mindset?
Well, kids aren’t scared of trying new things. At least not at first. No one is born with a fear for failure. It is something that develops with time… and bruises (like that time you thought riding a bike down those stairs was a good idea only to realize minutes later it was not)!
What I am getting at is: you can’t be certain of anything except that if you don’t try it, you will never know if it works. So when you feel that you’re not in control and you’re unsure if you’re doing the right thing, be reassured: you are indeed not in control. And that’s totally cool. Embrace that lost “fuc* it!” mindset of yours and stop caring that much about the results. Instead, focus on preparing yourself as much as you possibly can and giving it your best shot.
Be a child again, experiment rather than trying to figure things out in advance. Have fun, find that playfulness!
A child’s mindset to unlock your creativity
Remember the drawings you were doing at school and then handing out to your mom and dad SO proudly when you were 5? They probably looked like this:
So you know… Not as good as what Picasso was doing when he was a kid, but … who cares right? You didn’t! You were proud! And you shouldn’t care today either.
Five years old don’t know about creative blocks because “expectations” aren’t part of their vocabulary yet. And if we look at a creative block in the sense of a mental block – meaning you are getting caught up in your own thinking while trying to create, you start overanalyzing your work, judging your ideas, etc. – then getting rid of expectations could well be the answer.
Try to stop thinking about what others would think, and most importantly, turn the volume of your own thoughts down. Remember that no one is making you do this. Which means that you should have fun doing it. If you are not, do what a kid would do: stop doing it for the day! Find another game! Go for a walk, dance in front of the mirror, work on something different!
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